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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XXVII. Justly of thee, Love partial, I complain
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
JUSTLY of thee, Love partial, I complain
That, at one instant and with one self stroke,
Thou dartèd hast into my heart, with pain,
Cold chilly frost; and fiery flaming smoke.
  Ay me! within me, both I secret hold:        5
  And whilst th’ one burns me, th’ other makes me cold.
Then, Cruel, since thou wilt, two contraries,
Against my soul, within my heart shall rest:
Ah, yet make peace ’twixt them, in loving wise!
Or else, sweet Love, do promise this at least!        10
  Flame to my frost, and water to my fire;
  Life to my heart, to comfort my desire.

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