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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XXI. Laura is fair and cruel both in one
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
LAURA is fair and cruel both in one;
And born was of a dainty diamond.
Then is it marvel, neither wonder, none;
Although her heart as hard as stone be found.
  Nature that hardness, as a Keeper, gave        5
  To her, her beauty thereby so to save.
But fond is he, and simple in conceit,
That thinks LOVE will not, one day, burst the same.
Then quickly, mighty Lord, quickly this break!
Break thou this stony heart, so hard, in twain!        10
  Unto thy power, let Nature’s force still yield!
  And be thou Conqueror ’gainst her in Field!

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