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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Silent Lover
By Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
 
PASSIONS 1 are liken’d best to floods and streams:
  The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb;
So, when affection yields discourse, it seems
  The bottom is but shallow whence they come:
They that are rich in words, in words discover        5
That they are poor in that which makes a lover.
 
Note 1. This, and the following poem, Silence in Love (No. 200), are given in Hannah’s Raleigh, p. 20, with the title, The Silent Love. Five stanzas have been omitted in number 200. In the Oxford Ed. of Raleigh’s Works a note says: “This (The Silent Love) has been much improved from a MS. copy in a very curious collection of contemporary poetry, among Dr. Rawlinson’s MSS. in the Bodleian. It is there entitled, Sir Walter Raleigh to Queene Elizabeth.” [back]
 
 
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