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date: 16 April 2024

Walter Ralegh c.1552–1618
English explorer and courtier 

  1. If all the world and love were young,
    And truth in every shepherd's tongue,
    These pretty pleasures might me move
    To live with thee, and be thy love.
     
    ‘Answer to Marlow’; see Donne, Marlowe
  2. Only we die in earnest, that's no jest.
     
    ‘On the Life of Man’
  3. Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
    My staff of faith to walk upon,
    My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
    My bottle of salvation,
    My gown of glory, hope's true gage,
    And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
     
    ‘The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage’ (1604)
  4. Our passions are most like to floods and streams;
    The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
     
    ‘Sir Walter Ralegh to the Queen’ (1655)
  5. But true love is a durable fire,
    In the mind ever burning,
    Never sick, never old, never dead,
    From itself never turning.
     
    ‘Walsinghame’
  6. Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
     
    line written on a window-pane, in Thomas Fuller History of the Worthies of England (1662) ‘Devonshire’; see Elizabeth I
  7. Even such is Time, which takes in trust
    Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
    And pays us but with age and dust;
    Who in the dark and silent grave,
    When we have wandered all our ways,
    Shuts up the story of our days:
    And from which earth, and grave, and dust,
    The Lord shall raise me up, I trust.
     
    written the night before his death, and found in his Bible in the Gate-house at Westminster
  8. Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
    ‘A Discourse of the Invention of Ships, Anchors, Compass, &c.’
  9. 'Tis a sharp remedy, but a sure one for all ills.
    on feeling the edge of the axe prior to his execution
    D. Hume History of Great Britain (1754) vol. 1, ch. 4
  10. So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lies.
    at his execution, on being asked which way he preferred to lay his head
    W. Stebbing Sir Walter Raleigh (1891) ch. 30