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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
VIII. Hark, Lovers! Hark, a strange miracle
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
HARK, Lovers! Hark, a strange miracle
Of one, deprived of heart; yet death doth ’scape!
Mine L. a flower gave me, which sweet did smell;
And for the same, away my life did take.
So that I only breathe through scent of flower;        5
And without heart, not without life, I live.
Then is not this, of might LOVE his power
A wonder strange? which he for sport doth give:
  When that a flower sustaineth me alone
  With life; who in my body, heart have none.        10

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