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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 6. O why loved I? For love, to purchase hatred!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
O WHY loved I? For love, to purchase hatred!
        Or wherefore hates She? but that I should love her!
        Why were these cheeks with tears bewatered?
        Because my tears might quench those sparks
              Which with heat’s pity move her!        5
        Her cloudy frown, with mist her beauty darks,
        To make it seem obscurèd at my smiles.
              In dark, true diamonds will shine!
        Her hate, my love; her heat, my tears beguiles!
Fear makes her doubtful; yet her heart is mine!        10
 
 
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