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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXXVI. Sweet sang thy bird, in ebon cage shut fast
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
SWEET sang thy bird, in ebon cage shut fast,
And did delight thy dainty ears so much
As thou vouchsafedst to give him meat at last;
And gently did his feathers stroke and touch.
So, Lady, I likewise, in th’ ebony        5
Of thy bright eyes am prisoner, and do sing
Thy Beauty’s praise; and yet not fed am I
By thee: yet live through thee; a wondrous thing!
  Love to my heart thy beauty doth supply
  For food; which else, through famine starved, would die.        10
 
 
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