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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Philomela’s Ode
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
 
From ‘Philomela’

SITTING by a river’s side,
Where a silent stream did glide,
Muse I did of many things
That the mind in quiet brings.
I ’gan think how some men deem        5
Gold their god; and some esteem
Honor is the chief content
That to man in life is lent;
And some others do contend,
Quiet none, like to a friend;        10
Others hold there is no wealth
Compared to a perfect health;
Some man’s mind in quiet stands,
When he is lord of many lands.
But I did sigh, and said all this        15
Was but a shade of perfect bliss;
And in my thoughts I did approve,
Naught so sweet as is true love.
 
 
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