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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘How hardly I concealed my tears’
By Anne Wharton (1632?–1685)
 
HOW hardly I concealed my tears,
  How oft did I complain!
When, many tedious days, my fears
  Told me I loved in vain.
 
But now my joys as wild are grown,        5
  And hard to be concealed;
Sorrow may make a silent moan,
  But joy will be revealed.
 
I tell it to the bleating flocks,
  To every stream and tree;        10
And bless the hollow murmuring rocks
  For echoing back to me.
 
Thus you may see with how much joy
  We want, we wish, believe;
’Tis hard such passion to destroy,        15
  But easy to deceive.
 
 
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