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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XXX. Unto thy favour (which when Nature formed
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
UNTO thy favour (which when Nature formed,
She went beyond herself with cunning hand),
I may compare what is, in world, adorned
With beauty most; and with most grace doth stand.
But every mortal whiteness, ne’er so white,        5
The ivory white of thy white hand exceeds:
So that my soul, which doth fair whiteness like,
Rests on fair whiteness, and on whiteness feeds.
  For this is thought, and hoped of from thee:
  White as thy hands, so white thy faith shall be.        10

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