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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
XXXVII. If white ’s the Moon, thou Laura seem’st as white
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
IF white ’s the Moon, thou LAURA seem’st as white;
And white ’s the gown which you on body wear.
And if her whitely horns, in calmy night,
She, smoothly gliding, shows to us most clear:
  You, in the daytime, more and brighter far        5
  Your beauty show; like bright AURORA’s star.
Like brightness both of you abroad do cast;
Though not effect alike per accidens:
You shine, she shines, your powers eternal last;
But yet between you is great difference.        10
  Her brightness freezeth, causing deadly cold:
  Yours doth inflame, and lovely fire doth hold.
 
 
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