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SONNET: 18, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Not megaboetes nor cleonymus
Last Line: Can win my ganymede; with them t'abide.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barnefield, Richard
Subject(s): Ganymede (mythology); Beauty; Love - Erotic


Not Megaboetes nor Cleonymus,
(Of whom great Plutarck makes such mention,
Praysing their faire with rare invention)
As Ganymede were halfe so beauteous.
They onely pleas'd the eies of two great Kings,
But all the worlde at my love stands amazed,
Nor one that on his Angels face hath gazed,
But (ravisht with delight) him Presents brings.
Some weaning Lambs, and some a suckling Kyd,
Some Nuts, and fil-beards, others Peares and Plums,
Another with a milk-white Heyfar comes;
As lately Aegons man (Damoetas) did:
But neither he, nor all the Nymphs beside,
Can win my Ganymede; with them t'abide.





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