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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXXIII. Since thou hast changed thy gown and thine attire
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
SINCE thou hast changed thy gown and thine attire;
Ah, change thy thoughts! not always cruel be!
And with new clothes, put on a new desire!
That new, in every point, I may thee see:
  And if thou heretofore unkind hast been;        5
  Be courteous now, and gentle be thou seen!
Thy glory great, thy praise more shalt thou find;
If, of unconstant, constant thou become!
And of a foe, a faithful friend and kind!
Then change henceforth thy thoughts! else I, undone.        10
  Give me that colour which so likes mine eyen!
  If death, then black: if life, then carnatine [rosy red].
 
 
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