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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Laura—Part II.
XV. The dusky cloud in sky, with shadow dark
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
THE DUSKY cloud in sky, with shadow dark,
Doth cover oft the sun’s most clearest light:
So as his beams we cannot see, nor mark;
And he himself doth play at least in sight.
  Ah were I such a cloud on earth to cover        5
  My sweetest Sun! as doth that cloud, the other.
But if that cloud do vanish soon away,
And doth as momentary pass and vade;
Eternal would I be to hide her aye,
And of a harder mixture would be made.        10
  O happy I! O fortunate eclipse!
  With kissing so to darken those fair lips.

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