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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XXXI. I burn, yet am I cold! I am a cold, yet burn!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
I BURN, yet am I cold! I am a cold, yet burn!
  In pleasing, discontent! in discontentment, pleased!
  Diseased, I am in health! and healthful, am diseased!
  In turning back, proceed! proceeding, I return!
In mourning, I rejoice! and in rejoicing, mourn!        5
  In pressing, I step back! in stepping back, I pressed!
  In gaining, still I lose! and in my losses, gain!
  Grounded, I waver still! and wavering, still am grounded!
Unwounded, yet not sound! and being sound, am wounded!
  Slain, yet am I alive! and yet alive, am slain!        10
  Hounded, my heart rests still! still resting, is it hounded!
In pain, I feel no grief! yet void of grief, in pain!
  Unmoved, I vex myself! unvexed, yet am I moved!
  Beloved, She loves me not; yet is She my beloved!
 
 
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