A Modest Love

By Sir Edward Dyer Sir Edward Dyer
The lowest trees have tops, the ant her gall,
   The fly her spleen, the little sparks their heat;
The slender hairs cast shadows, though but small,
   And bees have stings, although they be not great;
Seas have their source, and so have shallow springs;
And love is love, in beggars as in kings.

Where rivers smoothest run, deep are the fords;
   The dial stirs, yet none perceives it move;
The firmest faith is in the fewest words;
   The turtles cannot sing, and yet they love:
True hearts have eyes and ears, no tongues to speak;
They hear and see, and sigh, and then they break.


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Poet Sir Edward Dyer

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Love, Romantic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

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SUBJECT Love, Romantic Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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