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- But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never old, never dead,
From itself never turning.
Sir Walter Ralegh (1599)
- Passions are likened best to floods and streams:
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
Sir Walter Raleigh, The Silent Lover, 1-2
- The old faiths light their candles all about,
But burly Truth comes by and puts them out.
Lizette Woodworth Reese, Truth
- When I consider Life and its few years--
Awisp of fog betwixt us and the sun;
A call to battle, and the battle done
Ere the last echo dies within our ears.
Lizette Woodworth Reese, Tears
- Is Memory most of miseries miserable,
Or the one flower of ease in bitterest hell?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Memory (complete)
- One thing then learnt remains to me,
The woodspurge has a cup of three.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Woodspurge, 15-16
- Ah! let not hope be still distraught,
But find in her its gracious goal,
Whose speech Truth knows not from her thought
Nor Love her body from her soul.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Love Lily, 21-24
If faith long bound to one true goal
May there at length its hope beget,
My soul that hour shall draw your soul
Forever nearer yet.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Insomnia, 21-24
- Love is not love until love's vulnerable.
Theodore Roethke, "The Dream," 17
- Women and poets see the truth arrive,
Then it is acted out,
The lives are lost, and all the newsboys shout.
Muriel Rukeyser, Letter to the Front (1944)