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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
XXXIV. Strange is this thing! My horse I cannot make
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
STRANGE is this thing! My horse I cannot make
With spur, with speech, nor yet with rod in hand,
Force him to go; although great pains I take.
Do what I can; he still, as tired, doth stand.
No doubt he feels a heavy weight of me;        5
Which is the cause he standeth still as stone:
Nor is he ’ware that now he carrieth three;
He thinks, poor jade, I am on ’s back alone.
  But three we are, with mine own self I prove:
  LAURA is in my heart; in soul is LOVE.
Pesaro.    
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