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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Laura—Part III.
XXXVIII. The hapless Argus, happy in this same
Robert Tofte (1561–1620)
 
THE HAPLESS ARGUS, happy in this same,
The glory of the sun’s surpassing light;
The brightness of the stars, the fire which stain:
With hundred eyes, behold them always might.
But I, alas, who have but only twain,        5
Cannot behold the beauty of my Sun!
For which I live as blind, in endless pain;
And count myself, for want thereof, undone.
  I can but wish that I an ARGUS were!
  With hundred eyes to view her everywhere.        10
 
 
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