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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 4. Bacchus! Father of all sport!
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
BACCHUS! Father of all sport!
  Worker of Love’s comfort!
VENUS’ best beloved brother!
  (Like beloved is none other!)
    Greater Father of Felicity!        5
  Fill full, with thy divinity,
These thirsty and these empty veins!
  Thence, fuming up into my brains,
Exceed APOLLO, through thy might!
  And make me, by thy motion light,        10
That, with alacrity, I may
  Write pleasing Odes! and still display
PARTHENOPHE, with such high praises,
  (Whose beauty, Shepherds all amazes)
And, by those means, her loves obtain!        15
  Then, having filled up every vein,
I shall be set in perfect state
  The rights of love to celebrate!
Then, each year, fat from my sheepcot,
  Thy sacrifice, a tydie goat!        20
And [Greek] shall be
  Loud chanted, everywhere, to thee!
 
 
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