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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
VII. When She was born; She came, with smiling eye
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHEN She was born; She came, with smiling eye,
Laughing into the world, a sign of glee.
When I was born; to her quite contrary,
Wailing I came into the world to see.
  Then mark this wonder strange! What nature gave;        5
  From first to th’ last, this fashion kept we have.
She in my sad laments doth take great joy:
I, through her laughing, die; and languish must,
Unless that LOVE, to save me from this ’noy,
Do unto me, unworthy, shew so just        10
  As for to change her laughter into pain;
  And my complaints, into her joy again.

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