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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXI. Unto an Image may I right compare
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
UNTO an Image may I right compare
My Mistress, since so cruel She ’s to me:
Which standeth for a sign or shadow fair;
To which the simple ignorant bow with knee:
  And though with eyes, mouth, ears, and feet it show;        5
  Yet doth it neither see, talk, hear, or go.
So plays my Choice, when I appear in sight:
Nor see, nor speak, nor hear, nor stay She will.
So as an Idol, She resembleth right;
Blind, mute, deaf, moveless, senseless standing still.        10
  Then am not I worse than a lifeless block;
  To worship such a painted coloured stock.

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