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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XXXVII. If scalding sighs, my faith may testify
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
IF scalding sighs, my faith may testify;
And brinish tears, of love may warrant be:
Both th’ one and th’ other thou hast seen with eye!
Then what wouldst have, hard hearted! more of me?
  But thou, perhaps, though much I have endured,        5
  Wouldst yet be better of my faith assured.
Then with thine eyes, into my breast do peer!
Which, for the nonce, I leave to open sight;
And that which now thou doubt’st, see shalt thou clear.
Ah, mark it then; and view what shows so bright!        10
  But too too cruel art thou, and precise;
  That will not credit give to thine own eyes!

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