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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XXXV. Such is the virtue of the sunny heat
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
SUCH is the virtue of the sunny heat,
As seizing on the Cockle Shell (which lies
On seaish shore), whereon his beams do beat,
It makes it brightly shine, in orient wise:
  So that, through secret power of radiant sun,        5
  Of worthless shell, a pearl it doth become.
So, Lady, you, through force of Beauty’s power,
If you shall deign to glance on me your eye,
And rain with grace on me a smiling shower,
A jewel rich you make me by and bye:        10
  And if no pearl; at least a precious stone.
  This, only, can you do; or else can none.
 
 
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