Sunday, June 16, 2013

True Love, by Sir Charles Sedley (1639?-1701)

Echo and Narcissus, by John William Waterhouse - detail
 Love, when 'tis true, needs not the aid
      Of sighs, nor aches, to make it known,
    And to convince the cruellest maid,
      Lovers should use their love alone.

    Into their very looks 'twill steal,
      And he that most would hide his flame,
    Does in that case his pain reveal:
      Silence itself can love proclaim.

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