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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXII. If in the midst of kindling burning fire
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
IF in the midst of kindling burning fire,
That worthy Roman burnt his valiant hand;
I like another MUTIUS in desire,
Have scorched my fist likewise, through LOVE’s command,
In freshest moisture; where my Lady sweet,        5
Her lily hands, for coolness, divèd oft.
But though desire between us was alike;
Yet was the matter diverse which we sought.
  He chose to burn his hand, with courage bold,
  In flaming fire; and I, in water cold.        10
 
 
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