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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXIII. The Gentiles used, in sign of sacrifice
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THE GENTILES used, in sign of sacrifice,
The blood of men to offer; to appease
The warlike goddess’s wrath, in humble wise;
And through the same, her angry mind did please:
  But Thou, more wicked Warrior far than she,        5
  In reason may’st more cruel termèd be.
On Beauty’s altar, to thee dedicate;
Thousands of Lovers, mustering on a row,
Offer their blood and hearts! yet mitigate
Thy hardened mind cannot: which flint doth show.        10
  Then is she cruel less than Thou art now:
  Since blood her pleased; and Thee hearts cannot bow.
 
 
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