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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XIV. With gold and rubies glistereth her small hand
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WITH gold and rubies glistereth her small hand;
But if you match them with her lips or hair,
They seem withouten brightness for to stand:
The others have such lively colours fair.
O worthy Beauty! peerless A PER SE!        5
To whom all other Beauties are most vile.
O fairness such as fairer none can be!
Thou grace itself, of graciousness dost spoil!
  With rubies, thou right rubies dost disgrace!
  With gold, bright gold thou stainest in his place!        10

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