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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
The Means to Attain Happy Life
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547)
[Translated from Martial]

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 1 diet, no delicate fare;
  True wisdom joined 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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