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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet LXXXII. The Chariot, with the Steed is drawn along
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
THE CHARIOT, with the Steed is drawn along.
  Ships, winged with Winds, swift hover on the waves.
  The stubborn Ploughs are hauled with Oxen strong.
  Hard Adamant, the strongest Iron craves.
But I am with thy beauty strongly forced;        5
  Which, full of courage, draws me like the Steed.
  Those Winds, thy spirit; whence cannot be divorced.
  My heart the Ship, from danger never freed.
That strong conceit on thy sweet beauty lade;
  The strong-necked Ox which draws my Fancy’s Plow,        10
  Thine heart that Adamant, whose force hath made
My strong desires stand subject unto you!
  Would I were Horse, Ox, Adamant, or Wind!
  Then had I never cared for Womankind.
 
 
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