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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XXIII. Two winds, one calm, another fierce, to see
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
TWO winds, one calm, another fierce, to see;
Th’ one of the Spring, of Winter th’ other right:
I plainly, Lady, do discern in thee!
The first, which makes me joy, breathes from thy sight
  Such dainty flowers, in diverse coloured show,        5
  As makes to blush Dame IRIS’s rainy bow.
The second, which makes me to pine away,
Blows from thine inward breast, a deadly blast;
Where doth eternal hardness always stay,
Which I do see eternal aye to last.        10
  So as calm ZEPHYRUS, in face, thou art!
  But rough as boisterous BOREAS, in thine heart.
 
 
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