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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XIV. When first the sun did shine upon her eyes
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHEN first the sun did shine upon her eyes,
Who fairest ’mongst her beauteous sex doth show;
The heavens her dainty corpse, in courteous wise,
Covered with chilly cold and whitest snow.
She, through the nature of that humour cold,        5
Both coldest Ice, at once, and purest White
Draws to herself. Then none, for strange should hold;
Though, to me, fair and cruel is her sight:
  Since that the heavens, for favours, did impart
  A snow-white corpse to her, and frozen heart.        10

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