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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Means to attain happy Life
 
MARTIAL, the things that do attain
The happy life, be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground, the quiet mind:
 
The equal friend, no grudge, no strife;        5
No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthful life;
The household of continuance:
 
The mean diet, no delicate fare;
True wisdom join’d with simpleness;        10
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress:
 
The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night.
Contented with thine own estate;        15
Ne wish for Death, ne fear his might.
 
 
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