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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Song: ‘Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content’
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
SWEET are the thoughts that savour of content;
  The quiet mind is richer than a crown;
Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;
  The poor estate scorns fortune’s angry frown:
Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,        5
Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
The homely house that harbours quiet rest;
  The cottage that affords no pride nor care;
The mean that ’grees with country music best;
  The sweet consort of mirth and music’s fare;        10
Obscurèd life sets down a type of bliss:
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.

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