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Featured Poem: A Modest Love by Sir Edward Dyer

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 9th February 2015

Valentine's Day is approaching at the end of this week - if for any reason you're not feeling the love, then it's worth reading this delightful poem by Sir Edward Dyer which - rather charmingly - highlights that there is love in everything if you look closely enough. To get away from the commercialism of the 'holiday' it also leaves us with a heartwarming and true thought at its centre; a sentiment that is worth bearing in mind before you venture to spend your pennies or pounds spoiling your loved one.

A Modest Love

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.

Sir Edward Dyer

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