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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXIII. If love, wherein I burn, were but a fire
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
IF love, wherein I burn, were but a fire;
I quenched it had, with water of my plaints:
If water, these my Plaints; I this desire
Had dried through inward heat, my heart that taints.
  But LOVE, that in my griefs doth take delight,        5
  Both fire and water turns, to work me spite.
Fly then, this LOVE! since such is his great power
As waves to fire, and fire to waves, he turns:
And with an absent Beauty, every hour,
My fainting heart with Fancy’s fuel burns;        10
  And, ’gainst all sense, makes me, of CARe and IL
  More than of good and comfoRT, to have will.

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