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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXVII. An ocean Sea of water calm am I
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
AN OCEAN Sea of water calm am I;
Wherein kind LOVE the form of Fish doth take,
Leaping alongst the shore most wantonly.
Then, Lady, of a Fisher don the shape!
  Ah, what sweet fishing shall you have to like;        5
  If LOVE you chance to catch, while he doth bite?
Come then, and naked into this water hie!
He cannot ’scape; but, here, perforce must bide!
’Less to my heart, to save himself, he fly.
Then quickly strip thyself! Lay fear aside!        10
  For of this dainty prey, which thou shalt take;
  Both Sea, Fish, and Thyself, thou glad shalt make.

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