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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Silence in Love
By Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
 
WRONG not, sweet empress of my heart,
  The merit of true passion,
With thinking that he feels no smart,
  That sues for no compassion.
 
Silence in love 1 bewrays more woe        5
  Than words, though ne’er so witty;
A beggar that is dumb, you know,
  May challenge double pity.
 
Then wrong not, dearest to my heart,
  My true, though secret passion:        10
He smarteth most that hides his smart,
  And sues for no compassion.
 
Note 1. Silence in lave, etc.: “This stanza was,” says a note in the Oxford Ed. of Raleigh’s Works, “by some strange anachronism, current about seventy years ago (1759), among the circles of fashions, as the production of the late celebrated Earl of Chesterfield.” This stanza is also quoted in the dedication to one of Fletcher’s plays, 1652, as written by “an ingenious person of quality.” (Dyce’s Edition, vol. viii., p. 106.) [back]
 
 
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