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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXXV. Far better had it been, I had been dead
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
FAR better had it been, I had been dead,
And laid full low in latest home, my grave;
Than with that drink myself for to have fed,
Which LAURA mine in crystal glass me gave.
  The liquor pleased me, I must needs confess:        5
  Yet to my heart, ’twas poison ne’ertheless.
So that I had contrary quite effect
To my desire; which I so much did wish.
Love was in fault, who Reason doth reject.
And see my cruel luck, what happed in this!        10
  The wine was sweet; yet did his nature turn:
  It cooled my mouth, but heart within did burn.
 
 
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