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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXVII. The Blazing Star foretells the hapless fall
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
THE BLAZING Star foretells the hapless fall,
And sudden death of others, soon to come.
To me a Face, brighter than Comets all,
Doth, with her looks, my fortune hard forerun;
  And with her shooting darts, from glancing eye,        5
  Presageth that, ere long, I needs must die.
The Blazing Star death only prophesies;
This doth foreshew to me a harder fate:
And dares me to mine end, in warlike wise;
Nor how this Challenge know I to escape.        10
  Ah, cruel Star! of death not only sign;
  But murderer th’ art of this poor life of mine.

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