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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
VI. Turned to a stone was he that did bewray
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
TURNED to a stone was he that did bewray,
Unwitting, to the crafty thief himself
The theft; not thinking he had stolen the prey,
In hope to gain a little paltry pelf.
So I, who unawares to cruel Thee,        5
The robber of my heart, confessed the theft;
A senseless stone like BATTUS am to see:
Only in this unlike that shape bereft,
  That where to worthless stone he turnèd was;
  I for a Touchstone true of Love do pass.        10

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