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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXV. O that I were sly Proteus! for to take
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
O THAT I were sly PROTEUS! for to take
On me that form which most I like or wish:
Then would I change myself unto the shape
Of that thy little whelp, thy joy and bliss.
  Into that little worm thou so dost like;        5
  And dallying, play’st with him both day and night.
Those savoury smacks, those busses, sweet which be,
Which thou to him dost give, should all be mine:
And I would make my heart to leap for glee;
Whilst I did lick that bosom fair of thine.        10
  But since I to despair of this am brought:
  My wish shall PROTEUS be; thy dog, my thought!

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