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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part I.
Conclusion: The Macedonian Monarch once did deign
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THE MACEDONIAN Monarch once did deign,
In cheerful sort, in kind and loving wise,
To feast in village with a homely Swain;
Who entertained him, as in country guise,
    With curds and creams, and such like knacks he had,        5
    Whereof the courteous Prince accepted glad.
 
So, Lady, boldly I presumèd have,
To invite you to a sorry banquet base;
Nor to disdain the same, of you I crave!
Though cates too coarse for you; too poor, the place.        10
    I cannot, as I would, give curds and cream;
    But milk and whey: my fortune is so mean.
 
Yet (if you shall accept it graciously;
And with your favour sweet, this board adorn)
The virtue which is in you, presently,        15
The whey, to curds; the milk, to cream shall turn.
    But if your look (you angry) turn away;
    The milk shall still be milk; the whey, still whey.
 
Then as the sun in glorious wise doth shine
As well on valley low as mountain high;        20
Vouchsafe one cheerful glimpse of favour thine
On poor me, from out that heavenly eye!
    Unworthy I, such grace! I do confess:
    Yet worthy thou to do so, ne’ertheless.
R. T.    
 
 
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