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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XXVI. “Say, gentle friend, tell me in courtesy
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
“SAY, gentle friend, tell me in courtesy,
Before what was I? and what am I now?
A senseless Shadow, or a Body, I?”
“Neither of both. Mark, and I’ll tell thee how.
No Body now: for that, by proud disdain        5
Of scornful She, dislived was. Shadow none;
For that did underground go with the same,
Unwilling it should wander all alone.”
  “What am I then?” “Even one that doth not know
  What now he is: or what he was, can show.”        10
 
 
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