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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXIV. Rivers unto the Sea do tribute pay
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
RIVERS unto the Sea do tribute pay.
A most unconstant moving Sea art thou!
And I, within mine eyes, bedewèd aye,
A River hold of bitter tears as now.
Receive then, from these moistened cheeks of mine,        5
Into thy lap, the water forth I pour!
Of duty mine, and of thy debt, a sign:
And mix together with my sweet, thy sour!
  So shall the water to the water be
  More precious; and the Sea, more rich to th’ Sea.        10

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