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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XXXII. White art thou, like the mountain-snow to see
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHITE art thou, like the mountain-snow to see;
I Black, like to the burnèd coal do show:
Then give some of thy purest white to me!
And I’ll some of my black on thee bestow:
So will we these two contraries unite        5
Together; which so joined, will show more fair.
Let ’s both then make this change, for our delight;
Unless to kill me, thou do little care!
  But why of White or Black, talk I to thee?
  My blood not black ’tis; which thou fain wouldst see.        10

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