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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XVI. From milk of Juno, as the Poets feign
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
FROM milk of JUNO, as the Poets feign,
The Lily had its whiteness, passing white:
And from ADONIS’ blood, that lovely Swain,
The Rose his colour red, which doth delight.
Thou, pretty Soul, hast both the colours rare        5
Of these sweet flowers; which others all exceed.
Thy breast ’s a bed of beauteous Lilies fair;
Thy dainty cheeks, pure damask Rose breed.
  O fruitful garden flow’ring; where appear
  The Rose and Lily at all times of year!        10
 
 
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