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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XXV. White was the orient pearl which, on a day
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHITE was the orient pearl which, on a day,
That hand me gave: which scorns the proud compare
Of purest white; and bears the palm away
As of all pearly Fairs, the orient’st fair.
  And whilst She offered unto me the same,        5
  I knew not which the Pearl was, of the twain.
So white the hand was of my peerless Pearl
As it did dazzle with delight mine eyes,
And pearl seemèd to me, giving me the pearl;
Which made me, sighing, say in whisp’ring wise,        10
  “Ah, why once may I not so happy be,
  This Pearl to have; which th’ other gives to me?”

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