The Means to attain Happy Life

By Anonymous

Martial, the things that do attain
     The happy life be these, I find:--
The richesse left, not got with pain;
     The fruitful ground, the quiet mind;

The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;
     No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthful life;
     The household of continuance;

The mean diet, no delicate fare;
     True wisdom join'd with simpleness;
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
     Ne wish for death, ne fear his might.


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