Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET: 1, by RICHARD BARNFIELD



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SONNET: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sporting at fancie, setting light by love
Last Line: When his faire forehead with disdain is frowned.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barnefield, Richard
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


Sporting at fancie, setting light by love,
There came a theefe and stole away my heart,
(And therefore robd me of my chiefest part)
Yet cannot Reason him a felon prove.
For why his beauty (my hearts thiefe) affirmeth,
Piercing no skin (the bodies fensive wall)
And having leave, and free consent withall,
Himselfe not guilty, from love guilty tearmeth,
Conscience the Iudge, twelve Reasons are the Iurie,
They finde mine eies the beutie t'have let in,
And on this verdict given, agreed they bin,
Wherefore, because his beauty did allure yee,
Your Doome is this: in teares still to be drowned,
When his faire forehead with disdain is frowned.





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