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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
X. Phœbus had once a bird, his chief delight
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
PHŒBUS had once a bird, his chief delight,
Which, only ’cause he had an evil tongue,
He made him black; who was before most white.
So if all those who, Lovers true have stung
With spiteful speech, and have their loves betrayed;        5
Or to their Ladies false be and untrue,
Setting at nought the promise they have made;
LOVE would but change into this coal-black hue:
  Thousands abroad, like sea-coal crows should show;
  Who, now unknown, for snowy swans do go.        10
 
 
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