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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
A Constant Minde
XIII. Anonymous
A CONSTANT minde; an equall health,
A friend that is a second self;
A soul that doth all baseness fly,
That wisheth not nor feares to dy:
A state below pale envy’s pitch,        5
That rather is then seemeth rich,
  Adde but to this a good fit wife,
  And you summe up a happy life.
A fickle minde, unconstant health,
A friend that only seekes himself;        10
A soule so base that it dare lye,
And nothing feares more then to dye:
A state and mind rais’d to that pitch,
You may call great, but never rich:
  These with a foule and foolish wife,        15
  Conclude a most unhappy life.

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