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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XXVIII. The Crow makes war with the Chameleon
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THE CROW makes war with the Chameleon;
And, being hurt, to th’ laurel straight doth fly:
And, through the fruit he findeth thereupon,
Is healed of hurt, finds food, and lives thereby.
LOVE the Chameleon is; the Crow am I:        5
And battle wage with him unto the death.
He wounds me deadly; whereupon I hie
To thee, my LAURAL! to restore my breath.
  Thou me reviv’st. Such virtue’s in thee rife
  As thou, at once, dost give me food and life.        10
 
 
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