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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
So sweetly she sang, as in silence she stray’d
O’er the ruins of Babylon’s towers.
        Sloman.—The Maid of Judah.
Silence in love betrays more woe
  Than words, though ne’er so witty;
A beggar that is dumb, you know,
  May challenge double pity.
        Sir Walter Raleigh.—The Silent Lover, Verse 6.
I tell you, sir, the lady is not at liberty. It’s a match. You see she says nothing. Silence gives consent.
        Goldsmith.—The Good-natured Man, Act II.
You promised me your silence, and you break it
Ere I have scarce begun.
        Dryden.—All for Love, Act II. Scene 1.
D’ye think a woman’s silence can be natural?
        Farquhar.—The Inconstant, Act II.
Let silence close our folding-doors of speech.
        Carey.—Chrononhotonthologos, Scene 1.
The Muses were dumb while Apollo lectured.
        Charles Lamb.—Letter to Barton.

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