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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XXXVIII. Rich Damask Roses in fair cheeks do bide
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
RICH Damask Roses in fair cheeks do bide
Of my sweet Girl, like April in his prime:
But her hard heart, cold chilly snow doth hide;
Of bitter Januar, the perfect sign.
Her hair of gold shows yellow like the corn        5
In July, when the sun doth scorch the ground;
And her fair breast, ripe fruit which doth adorn
September rich. So as in her is found
  Both Harvest, Summer, Winter, Spring to be:
  Which you in breast, hair, heart, and face may see.        10

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