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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
V. If what is heavy craves the Centre base
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
IF what is heavy craves the Centre base;
The earth below, as Nature wills the same:
Heavy the woeful griefs are, in this case,
Which inward in my heart I do sustain.
  And if what ’s light, by kind, aloft doth mount:        5
  Then light ’s my love with thee, of light account.
So that in doubtful dangerous extreme,
Wretch that I am! myself am sore afraid:
And doubt of thee, so far from Golden Mean;
Nor know I well out of this depth to wade.        10
  Lest that my life be shortened, or I die;
  Whether it heavy, falls; or light, ascends on high.

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