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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: V. The Home
The Means to attain Happy Life
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547)
 
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 joined with simpleness;        10
The night dischargèd 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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