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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXVI. When you appear, appears the Break of Day
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
WHEN you appear, appears the Break of Day;
And shews to be most fair and passing bright:
But if you keep yourself unseen away,
The Day shows not; but keepeth out of sight.
Then if again you ’gin yourself to show;        5
Behold the Day to shew itself afresh
With sky most clear. So both of you do grow
In beauty like: in heat nor are you less.
  Thus if your beams you ope, or hidden been:
  The Break of Day appears; else ne’er is seen.        10
 
 
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