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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Sonnet XCII. Wilt thou know wonders, by thy beauty wrought?
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
WILT thou know wonders, by thy beauty wrought?
  Behold (not seen) an endless burning fire
  Of Fancy’s fuel! kindled with a thought!
  Without a flame, yet still inflamèd higher!
No flames’ appearance, yet continual smoke!        5
  Drawn cool, to kindle; breathed out hot again!
  Two diamonds, which this secret fire provoke;
  Making two crystals, with their heat, to rain!
A skin, where beauteous Graces rest at ease!
  A tongue, whose sweetness mazes all the Muses!        10
  And yet, a heart of marble matched with these!
A tongue, besides, which sweet replies refuses!
  These wonders, by thy beauty wrought alone,
  Through thy proud eye, which made thine heart a stone.
 
 
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