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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XXII. The snow-white Swan betokens brightsome Day
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
THE SNOW-WHITE Swan betokens brightsome Day:
The coal-black Crow, of darky Night is sign.
Thou Day, or Night, bring unto me still may,
With those bright lamps, those glistering stars, of thine.
But, cruel thou, thy heart is bent so hard,        5
As I that sun can never see with eyes
(That wished-for sun, from these my lights debarred):
Nor aught discern but mists, in foggy wise.
  Then since I live in woe; and, blind, nought see:
  A Crow, not Swan, thou still shalt be to me!        10

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