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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part II.
XXXII. Both gems, and pearls, their proper value have
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
BOTH gems, and pearls, their proper value have;
But yet unlike: for not alike ’s their price.
Some sought for are, and each one doth them crave;
Others, more base, do pass in worthless wise.
A jewel rich, and princelike gem, is She        5
Whom I esteem; and such account of make:
Yet in herself no price hath for to see.
For it is holden at so high a rate
  As all the gold, nor silver, which doth lie
  In th’ earth, or sea, the same, at worth, can buy.        10
 
 
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