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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XC. My Mistress’ Arms, are these; fair, clear, and bright
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
MY Mistress’ Arms, are these; fair, clear, and bright.
  Argent in midst, where is an Ogress set,
  Within an azure ann’let, placèd right.
  The Crest, two golden bows, almost near met:
And by this Crest, her power abroad is known.        5
  These Arms, She beareth in the Field of Love,
  By bloody colours, where LOVE’s wrath is shown:
  But in kind Passion, milder than the dove,
Her goodly silver ensign, She displays,
  Semi de roses: at whose lovely sight,        10
  All lovers are subdued; and vanquished, praise
  Those glorious colours, under which they fight.
I, by these Arms, her captive thrall was made!
  And to those Colours, in that Field, betrayed!
 
 
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