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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XII. The beauty, that in Paradise doth grow
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THE BEAUTY, that in Paradise doth grow,
Lively appears in my sweet goddess’s Face;
From whence, as from a crystal river, flow
Favour divine and comeliness of grace.
But in her dainty, yet too cruel, Breast,        5
More cruelty and hardness doth abound;
Than doth in painful Purgatory rest.
So that, at once, She’s fair, and cruel, found:
  When in her Face and Breast, ah, grief to tell!
  Bright Heaven she shows; and crafty, hides dark Hell.        10
 
 
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