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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
IX. No sooner Laura mine appears to me
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
NO sooner LAURA mine appears to me;
But that a dainty dye, or blushing red,
In both our faces showeth for to be.
But who, alas, doth mine so overspread?
  O’er-fervent LOVE doth draw this shadow pure;        5
  Like cunning’st Painter, long for to endure.
Who painteth hers? Disdain, with pencil hard;
Which turneth all my sweetness into sour.
So that all my designs are quickly marred;
Except LOVE bind Love, by his awful power,        10
  In Faith’s firm bands. Too high th’ exchange will grow,
  When love, for hate; and not for like, shall go.

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