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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XLIX. Cool! cool in waves, thy beams intolerable
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
COOL! cool in waves, thy beams intolerable,
  O sun! No son, but most unkind stepfather!
  By law, nor Nature, Sire; but rebel rather!
  Fool! fool! these labours are inextricable;
A burden whose weight is importable;        5
  A Siren which, within thy breast, doth bathe her;
  A Fiend which doth, in Graces’ garments grath her;
  A fortress, whose force is impregnable;
From my love’s ’lembic, still ’stilled tears. O tears!
  Quench! quench mine heat! or, with your sovereignty,        10
  Like NIOBE, convert mine heart to marble!
Or with fast-flowing pine, my body dry,
  And rid me from Despair’s chilled fears! O fears,
  Which on mine heben harp’s heartstrings do warble!
 
 
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