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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XVIII. If, cruel, thou desirous art of blood
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
IF, cruel, thou desirous art of blood;
Behold how I do bleed in streaming wise!
Glut then thyself therewith, if thou think good;
And do content, with blood, thy bloody eyes!
From breast it comes, where fainting heart doth lie;        5
And for a gift, I it present to thee!
Although I know, through this, I soon shall die;
And yet to die it little grieveth me:
  Since ’tis my wish, my blood with soul as one
  May rest; and that’s with thee, or else with none.        10

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