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AMORETTI: 43, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shall I then silent be, or shall I speak?
Last Line: Wil soone conceive, and learne to construe well.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Silence


Shall I then silent be, or shall I speake?
And if I speake, her wrath renew I shall:
And if I silent be, my bart will breake,
Or choked be with overflowing gall.
What tyranny is this, both my hart to thrall,
And eke my toung with proud restraint to tie;
That nether I may speake nor thinke at all,
But like a stupid stock in silence die!
Yet I my hart with silence secretly
Will teach to speak, and my just cause to plead,
And eke mine eies, with meek humility,
Love-learned letters to her eyes to read:
Which her deep wit, that true harts thought can spel,
Wil soone conceive, and learne to construe well.





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