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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XVIII. My Laura wonders that, in visage pale
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
MY LAURA wonders that, in visage pale,
I bear of Death itself, the lively show:
But if She muse at this, her musing ’s stale;
For this sad colour had I long ago.
The fire, close burning in my veins, doth make        5
That outward ashes in my face you view:
But if that She would on me pity take,
Who is the cause of this my palish hue,
  This kindled heat shall die, which now doth burn;
  And my first colour shall again return.        10

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