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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Parthenophil and Parthenophe
Ode 13. On the plains
Barnabe Barnes (1569?–1609)
 
ON the plains,
      Fairy trains
Were a treading measures,
  Satyrs played,
      Fairies stayed        5
At the stops’ set leisure.
 
  Nymphs begin
      To come in
Quickly, thick, and threefold!
  Now the dance!        10
      Now the prance,
Present there to behold!
 
  On her breast
      That did best
A jewel rich was placed!        15
  FLORA chose
      Which of those
Best the measures graced.
 
  When he had
      Measures lad        20
PARTHENOPHE did get it!
  Nymphs did chide
        When they tried,
Where the judgement set it.
 
  Thus they said        25
      “This fair Maid,
Whom you gave the jewel,
  Takes no pleasure
    To keep measure;
But it is too too cruel!”        30
 
 
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