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The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd


by Sir Walter Ralegh

The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd Time Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #1

Time drives the flocks from field to fold,
When Rivers rage, and Rocks grow cold, (5-6)

These lines are a great example of how the nymph takes specific images from "The Passionate Shepherd" and distorts them through the lens of time, thus removing their romantic appeal.

Quote #2

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yields; (9-10)

By implying the future tense (flowers [will] fade, fields [will] yield), the speaker grammatically reinforces her focus on the future as opposed to the present.

Quote #3

A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall. (11-12)

The proverb-like sound of these lines is meant to invoke proven, old wisdom. The lines reinforce in sound what they say with content: stick with what you know works, don't run off and try something foolish.

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