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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 2. Speak, Echo! tell
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
SPEAK, ECHO! tell
  With lilies, columbines, and roses,
What their PARTHENOPHE composes? ECHO, Posies!
      O sacred smell!
  For those, which in her lap she closes,        5
      The gods like well!
 
      Speak, ECHO! tell
  With daffodillies, what she doth plet
Which in such order, she doth set
      For LOVE to dwell?        10
  As She should FLORA’s chapel let? ECHO, Chaplet!
      This LOVE likes well!
 
      Speak, ECHO! tell
  Why lilies and red roses like her? ECHO, Like her!
No pity with remorse will strike her!        15
      Did Nature well,
Which did, from fairest Graces, pike her
      To be mine hell?
 
      Speak, ECHO! tell
  Why columbines she entertains?        20
Because the proverb “Watchet” feigns,
      “True loves like well!”
  And do these therefore like her veins? ECHO, Her veins!
      There CUPIDS dwell!
 
        Speak, ECHO, tell        25
    Wherefore her chaplets yellow were like,
When others here, were more her like? ECHO, Hair-like!
        Yet, I know well!
    Her heart is tiger-like, or bear-like,
        To rocks itsell.        30
 
 
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