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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
XI. In silver stream, on shallow fountain’s shelf
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
IN silver stream, on shallow fountain’s shelf,
The lively image saw he in the same;
Who was in love with shadow of himself:
Through pride forgetful how his likeness came.
  Such one myself, by chance, I see to be;        5
  When as in river I myself did see:
Yet I myself, instead of loving, hate.
And such strange hatred is this, and so strong;
That while he, loving, died by justest Fate,
Himself by seeing, whilst he himself did wrong:        10
  I die will unto him contrary clean;
  ’Cause I, hating myself, myself too much have seen.
 
 
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