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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XLVII. Give me my Heart! For no man liveth heartless!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
GIVE me my Heart! For no man liveth heartless!
  And now deprived of heart, I am but dead,
  (And since thou hast it; in his tables read!
  Whether he rest at ease, in joys and smartless?
Whether beholding him, thine eyes were dartless?        5
  Or to what bondage, his enthralment leads?)
  Return, dear Heart! and me, to mine restore!
  Ah, let me thee possess! Return to me!
I find no means, devoid of skill and artless.
  Thither return, where thou triumphed before!        10
  Let me of him but repossessor be!
And when thou gives to me mine heart again;
  Thyself, thou dost bestow! For thou art She,
Whom I call Heart! and of whom, I complain.
 
 
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