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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
XXV. Gold upon gold, mine only Joy did plate
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
GOLD upon gold, mine only Joy did plate,
Whilst She did dress her head by crystal glass:
But whilst She looked on it, it sudden brake;
So as, amazed thereat, much grieved She was;
  To whom I said, “To grieve thus, ’tis in vain:        5
  Since what is broke, whole cannot be again.
Look steadfastly, with both thine eyes on me!
Who have my heart, through love, a glass new made.”
She on my face looked; and herself did see:
Wherewith contented th’roughly, thus She said,        10
  “Most happy I! Since for to dress my head,
  For broken glass, of whole one I am sped.”
 
 
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