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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
II. What crimson gown, with drops of blood ywrought
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHAT crimson gown, with drops of blood ywrought,
Which LAURA wears, a token is most true,
How that of blood desirous is her thought:
And that ’tis so, I best can tell to you.
My wrongèd heart too well doth find the same;        5
Who, thousand times, not once, hath wrongèd been
By her: and, now, to aggravate my pain,
(More cruel in desire for to be seen),
  By outward habit [dress] covets She to show
  What, inward, in her mind She hides below.        10

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