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SONNET: 15, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah fairest ganymede, disdaine me not
Last Line: Learne for to folde, and to unfold our sheepe.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barnefield, Richard
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect

Ah fairest Ganymede, disdaine me not,
Though silly Sheepeheard I, presume to love thee,
Though my harsh songs and Sonnets cannot move thee,
Yet to thy beauty is my love no blot.
Apollo, Iove, and many Gods beside,
S'daind not the name of cuntry shepheards swains,
Nor want we pleasure, though we take some pains,
We live contentedly: a thing call'd pride,
Which so corrupts the Court and every place,
(Each place I meane where learning is neglected,
And yet of late, even learnings selfe's infected)
I know not what it meanes, in any case:
Wee onely (when Molorchus gins to peepe)
Learne for to folde, and to unfold our sheepe.

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