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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 10. Why doth heaven bear a sun
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
WHY doth heaven bear a sun
  To give the world a heat?
  Why, there, have stars a seat?
On earth, when all is done!
PARTHENOPHE’s bright sun        5
  Doth give a greater heat!
And in her heaven there be
  Such fair bright blazing stars;
  Which still make open wars
With those in heaven’s degree.        10
These stars far brighter be
  Than brightest of heaven’s stars!
Why doth earth bring forth roses,
  Violets, or lilies,
  Or bright daffodillies?        15
In her clear cheeks, she closes
Sweet damask roses!
  In her neck, white lilies!
Violets in her veins!
  Why do men sacrifice        20
  Incense to deities?
Her breath more favour gives,
And pleaseth heavenly veins
  More than rich sacrifice!

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