Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: VI. Labor and Rest
Joshua Sylvester (1563–1618)
I WEIGH not fortune’s frown or smile;
  I joy not much in earthly joys;
I seek not state, I reck not style;
  I am not fond of fancy’s toys:
I rest so pleased with what I have,        5
I wish no more, no more I crave.
I quake not at the thunder’s crack;
  I tremble not at news of war;
I swound not at the news of wrack;
  I shrink not at a blazing star;        10
I fear not loss, I hope not gain,
I envy none, I none disdain.
I see ambition never pleased;
  I see some Tantals starved in store;
I see gold’s dropsy seldom eased;        15
  I see even Midas gape for more;
I neither want nor yet abound,—
Enough ’s a feast, content is crowned.
I feign not friendship where I hate;
  I fawn not on the great (in show);        20
I prize, I praise a mean estate,—
  Neither too lofty nor too low:
This, this is all my choice, my cheer,—
A mind content, a conscience clear.

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