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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 21. When this celestial goddess had indued
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
WHEN this celestial goddess had indued
  Her eyes with spheric revolution,
        VESTA, with the next gift ensued,
  And lent to Nature that twice sacred fire,
  To which, once, JAPHET’s offspring did aspire.        5
        Which made a dissolution
  Of a strange ore, engendered by the sun,
        In grace, and worth more pure than gold,
  Which (’gainst the Cyprian triumphs should be done)
Gilded those wheels, which CUPID’s chariot rolled.        10
 
 
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