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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXIX. Amongst the Parthians is a kind of ground
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
AMONGST the Parthians is a kind of ground
Of nature such as, though it far doth stand
From fire: yet fire to take it straight is found;
And flying thither, burns it out of hand.
  This prey so sure of Love am I, fair Dame!        5
  And you to me, which burneth me, the flame.
So that if I, to you far off do show;
You kindle straight in me a quenchless fire:
And yet, although within it burn me so,
Sweet is the heat whose fuel is desire.        10
  For rather I, in fire near you would be:
  Than freed from flame, you farther off to see.

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