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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXI. The Grecians used to offer up their hair
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
THE GRECIANS used to offer up their hair
Unto their rivers: whom they did esteem
As mighty gods; and them great honour bare,
As if no virtue small in them had been.
  Do thou the like, sweet LAURA, unto me!        5
  Who, for my love, deserves a greater fee.
Thy golden tresses on me do bestow!
Who hold whole rivers flowing in mine eyes:
Yet would not I, thou off shouldst cut them though.
Dost muse? and ask, How this thou may’st devise?        10
  I’ll tell thee. Give thyself to me for mine!
  So shalt thou give, uncut, thy tresses fine.

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