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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
IX. When I did part from thee the other night
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHEN I did part from thee the other night;
Methought a foul black dog, with ugly shape,
Did follow me: and did me sore affright;
And all the way did greedy on me gape.
  Nor I this cur, how he at me did howl,        5
  Can well as yet forget, with chaps most foul.
Then thinking of his colour, hateful black;
Methought some ill, my thought did fear to come,
And said within me, “Turn again, turn back!
If forward thou dost go, thou art undone!”        10
  Then pardon, Lady, if I back again
  Am come this night, with you for to remain.

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