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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XL. When I did part, my soul did part from me
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
WHEN I did part, my soul did part from me;
And took his Farewell of thy beauteous ey’n:
But now that I, returned, do thee see;
He is returned, and lives through kindness thine:
And of thee looketh for a Welcome Home.        5
I then, not any more, to sorrow need;
Now I am come: and if before, alone,
On Shadow then; on Substance how I feed.
  So if my parting bitter was and sad:
  Sweet ’s my return to thee, and passing glad.        10

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