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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XIX. Lady, the sun was in Aquarius
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
LADY, the sun was in Aquarius
When thou wert born; which is the reason why
The water of my plaints delight thee thus;
Without once viewing me with piteous eye.
  But when as I was born, the Sign I guess        5
  In Cancer was; a show of my distress.
This is the cause, within my boiling breast
Doth burn a hot and unextinguished fire:
But contrary these Signs in us do rest;
Nor do they well accord to my desire.        10
  Far better had it been, Aquarius’s Sign
  Had happed to me; and Cancer’s had been thine!

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