Sunday, July 27, 2014


Sweet Content

Barnabe Barnes (1571-1609), Sonnet LXVI, in Parthenophil and Parthenophe: A Critical Edition, ed. Victor A. Doyno (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1971), pp. 40-41:
Ah sweet content, where is thy mylde abode?
    Is it with shepheardes and light-harted swaynes?
    Which sing vpon the downes and pype abroade
    Tending their flockes and cattell on the playnes?
Ah sweet content, where doest thou safely rest?
    In heauen, with Angels which the prayses sing
    Of him that made and rules at his behest
    The mindes, and harts of euery liuing thing?
Ah sweet content, where doth thine harbour hold,
    Is it in Churches, with Religious men,
    Which please the goddes with prayers manifold,
    And in their studies meditate it then.
Whether thou doest in heauen, or earth appeare,
    Be where thou wilt, thou wilt not harbour here.
Related post: Sweet Content (by Brian Fairfax).

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