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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part III.
XV. A gentle tame deer am I, called a Hart
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
A GENTLE tame deer am I, called a Hart:
The cruel huntress fierce my Mistress is.
With crossbow bent, she comes to me in Park;
Paled in with pleasant thoughts of wanton wish.
  She shoots, and hits me; takes me for her prey:        5
  And (having shot, hit, taken) flies her way.
Back she retires from me, with pleasant smile;
Unloosing me, and heals my wound and pain:
When, as afresh incensed (alack the while!)
’Gainst me, desirous me to plague again,        10
  She turns towards me, o’ertakes me, strikes me sore:
  And, binding up my wounds, makes deadly more.

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