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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part I.
XXXIV. Changed is my nature in me; where before
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
CHANGED is my nature in me; where before
I like was to a chilly freezing ice;
I now a flame am, burning inward sore:
And such a flame that burneth in such wise
That if LOVE and my Mistress take no care        5
For this my hurt, my soul must quickly die.
Yet one doth see (for both not blinded are!)
The fire so hot doth burn, wherein I fry,
  That fierce PERILLUS’s boiling Bull of brass
  May unto this for icy substance pass.        10

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