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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

The Silent Lover

Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)

PASSIONS 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

That they are poor in that which makes a lover.