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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXXII. Thou, merry, laugh’st, and pleasantly dost smile
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THOU, merry, laugh’st, and pleasantly dost smile:
I woeful weep, and mestful sorrow still;
Lest this thy mirth increasing, me beguile,
And weave a web for me of greater ill.
Too well perceive I this thy deep disdain,        5
By this thy feignèd looks and cloakèd glee.
Thou of disaster mine art glad and fain;
And fain my death, as basilisk, would’st see;
  Since that of war and ’bate this laughter is,
  And not of gentle peace and calmy bliss.        10
 
 
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