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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
VIII. To give that life, which had not breath before
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
TO give that life, which had not breath before;
PROMETHEUS, from above, stole heavenly fire:
For which his boldness he was plaguèd sore,
A just reward for such a high aspire.
So whilst I steal from thee, my heaven above,        5
The heat which doth revive my dying sprite:
For rashness, mine eternal grief I prove.
Yet, though our fault ’s all one—the plague ’s not like:
  He feels of vulture one, alone, the smart;
  But I have thousands, which still gnaw my heart.        10

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