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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XXXV. When I, of my sweet Laura leave did take
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHEN I, of my sweet LAURA leave did take:
Fair Fano’s city, for a while to leave:
She gave to me, to wear it for her sake,
Of gold and pearl a dainty woven wreath.
  Dear was the gift; because for love it came:        5
  But dearer more; ’cause She gave me the same.
I look on ’t still, and kiss it as my joy;
Kissing and bussing it, with it I play:
Which, at one instant, brings me mirth and ’noy;
And sighing oft thus to myself I say:        10
  “White pearls are these; yet hath her mouth more fair!
  Fine gold is this; yet finer is her hair!”

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