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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXIV. No sooner do I earnest fix mine eyes
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
NO sooner do I earnest fix mine eyes
On my fair Sun: but that I her perceive
To vanish like a cloud, in darkest wise;
As if, eclipsed, her light it did bereave.
I know not, If She’s troubled thus because        5
She doth disdain I should behold her so:
Or if for fear, this shadow to her draws;
Lest me her beams should hurt, which glistering show.
  Say then, sweet LOVE, for thou know’st best, if still
  I shall behold her; or no more, thou will.        10

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