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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXVI. The blood of fair Adonis, Venus changed
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
THE BLOOD of fair ADONIS, VENUS changed
Into a flower: who, whilst he did pursue
In forest thick, where as he hunting ranged,
The savage boar to kill; the boar him slew.
Do thou the like, sweet Love! Do thou the same,        5
Whilst now my life doth languish, through thy power:
And whilst my wound makes me for to remain
Withouten blood, transform me to a flower!
  That where I, living, cannot; dead, I may;
  A lovèd flower in LAURA’s bosom stay.        10

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