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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XVII. Rocked in a cradle, like as infants be
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
ROCKED in a cradle, like as infants be,
When I was young, a little wanton child,
Two dainty dugs did nourish life in me;
Whilst oft on them, with teat in mouth, I smiled.
  Ah, happy I! thrice happy, might I say;        5
  Whilst in that harmless state I then did stay.
But now that I am come to man’s estate;
Such dugs as nursed me in delight and joy
Do seek my death, by poisonous sugared bait;
Whose sight, without possession, breeds me ’noy.        10
  So what, in childhood, causèd me to live;
  Now, in my youth, doth death unto me give.

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