A tear makes no great noise, yet has a voice.

(John Sheffield, 1654)

God is pleased to take notice of every
gracious inclination
in any of His children.

To fear His name is no great matter—yet
these have a promise (Malachi 4:2).

To think on His name less—yet these are written
down in a book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16).

A desire is a small matter—yet God regards
the desire of the poor (Psalm 10:17).

A tear makes no great noise, yet has a voice.
"God has heard the voice of my weepings" (Ps. 6:8).
It is not pleasant water—yet God bottles it up.

A groan is a poor thing—yet is the best part
of a prayer sometimes (Romans 8:26).

A sigh is less—yet God is awakened and
raised up by it (Psalm 12:5).

A look is less than all these—yet this is
regarded by God (Psalm 5:3).

Breathing is less—yet the church could
speak of no more (Lam. 3:56).

Panting is less than breathing—yet this is all
the godly can sometimes boast of (Psalm 42:1).

Never did Hannah pray better than when she could
get out never a word—but cried. (1 Sam. 1:15)

Nor Mary Magdalene, than when she came behind
Christ, sat down, wept, but kept silence.