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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XVIII. If Sea, no other thing doth shew to be
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
IF Sea, no other thing doth shew to be
Than most unstable waters moving oft:
With pardon, Lady, you this seem to me;
So most unstable is your changing thought.
I, likewise, hold a River, that o’erwhelms        5
With wat’ry salt, within these eyes of mine.
Then let us make a mixture ’mongst ourselves
Of this unsteadfastness and wat’ry brine!
  Let ’s fashion, both of us, a novel Sea!
  So heaven, the Haven; and Love, the Bay shall be.        10
 
 
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