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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet LXVIII. Would GOD (when I beheld thy beauteous face
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
WOULD GOD (when I beheld thy beauteous face,
  And golden tresses rich with pearl and stone)!
  MEDUSA’s visage had appeared in place,
  With snaky locks, looking on me alone!
Then had her dreadful charming looks me changed        5
  Into a senseless stone. O, were I senseless!
  Then rage, through rash regard, had never ranged:
  Whereas to Love, I stood disarmed and fenceless.
Yea, but that divers object of thy face
  In me contrarious operations wrought.        10
  A moving spirit pricked with Beauty’s grace.
No pity’s grace in thee! which I have sought:
  Which makes me deem, thou did’st MEDUSA see!
  And should thyself, a moving marble be.
 
 
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