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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Madrigal 22. In centre of these Stars of Love
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
IN centre of these Stars of Love,
(’Bove all conceits in man’s capacity,)
    An orient jet which did not move,
To CUPID’s chariot wheel, made for the naffe,
Was fixed; which could, with mild rapacity,        5
Of lighter lovers, draw the lighter chaff.
    This, shadow gives to clearer light,
In which, as in a mirrold, there was framed
For those (which love’s conditions treat upon)
    A glass which should give semblance right        10
Of all their physiognomies impassionate.
Those hearts, which tyrant Love doth beat upon,
    May here behold, what CUPID works!
Yielding in it, that figure fashionate
  Which in the jetty mirror lurks.        15
 
 
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