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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XX. Rich is the diamond, a gem of price
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
RICH is the diamond, a gem of price;
Yet such the nature strange is of the same,
That who the powder thereof drinks, straight dies:
And, as if poison ’twere, doth take his bane.
So thou another precious jewel art;        5
In name and nature not unmuch alike:
Since death thou giv’st unto the loving heart;
If but a kiss one sucks from thee most sweet.
  Whilst he doth swallow down his sugared bait;
  The joy ’s so great, it kills him through conceit.        10
 
 
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