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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
III. Like to the blacksome Night, I may compare
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
LIKE to the blacksome Night, I may compare
My Mistress’ gown, when darkness ’plays his prize:
But her sweet face, like to the sun most fair;
When he in glory ’ginneth to arise.
  Yet this no whit the other doth disgrace;        5
  But rather doubleth Beauty in the place.
Contraries like to these set opposite,
So dainty and so pleasing in their show
To lookers on, do breed no small delight;
And pleasure great thereby to them doth grow.        10
  O wonder strange! O solace sweet! to see
  In one self subject, Night and Day to be.

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