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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet LV. Nymphs, which in beauty mortal creatures stain
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
NYMPHS, which in beauty mortal creatures stain,
  And Satyrs, which none but fair Nymphs behold;
  They, to the Nymphs; and Nymphs to them, complain:
  And each, in spite, my Mistress’ beauty told.
Till soundly sleeping in a myrtle grove,        5
  A wanton Satyr had espied her there;
  Who deeming she was dead, in all haste strove
  To fetch the Nymphs; which in the forests were.
They flocking fast, in triumph of her death,
  Lightly beheld: and, deeming she was dead,        10
  Nymphs sang, and Satyrs dancèd out of breath.
Whilst Satyrs, with the Nymphs La Voltas led;
  My Mistress did awake! Then, they which came
  To scorn her beauty, ran away for shame!
 
 
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