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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
On Quicksedge, Wrought with Lovely Eglantine
By Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
ON quicksedge, wrought with lovely eglantine,
  My Laura laid her handkercher to dry;
Which had before snow-white ywashed been.
  But, after, when she called to memory,
That long ’twould be before, and very late,        5
  Ere sun could do, as would her glist’ring eyes:
She cast from them such sparkling glances straight,
  And with such force, in such a strangy guise,
As suddenly, and in one selfsame time,
She dried her cloth: but burnt this heart of mine!        10
 
 
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