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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
XIX. That ivory hand, a fan most white doth hold
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THAT ivory hand, a fan most white doth hold;
And to the milky breast blows wind apace;
And yet is full of chilly ice most cold;
Disgrace to others, to herself a grace.
  But I, who wistly mark these whiteness’ three,        5
  Vouchsafe, sweet LOVE, this boon to grant to me!
Distil within the rolling of mine eyes,
By virtue of thy power, such hidden flame;
And let it tempered be, in such strange wise,
That, as I cast my look upon the same,        10
  It quite may take away her cruelty!
  Melt straight the ice! and fan burn suddenly!
 
 
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