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May Riley Smith
Fitz-Hugh Ludlow 239
Henry S. Leigh
SINGLE FAMOUS POEMS.
My Mind to me a Kingdom is.
My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such perfect joy therein I find
That God or nature hath assigned;
Content I live, this is my stay:
I seek no more than may suffice:
Look! what I lack, my mind supplies.
I see how plenty surfeits oft,
And hasty climbers soonest fall;
Mishap doth threaten most of all:
Some have too much, yet still they crave;
I little have, yet seek no more;
And I am rich with little store.
I laugh not at another's loss,
I grudge not at another's gain:
I brook that is another's bane:
I wish but what I have at will,
I wander not to seek for more, I like the plain, I climb no hill,
In greatest storms I sit on shore, And laugh at them that toil in vain, To get what must be lost again.
My wealth is health and perfect ease,
My conscience clear my chief defense; I never seek by bribes to please,
Nor by desert to give offense; Thus do I live, thus will I die, Would all did so as well as I.
GoE, soule, the bodie's guest,
Upon a thanklesse arrant;
Goe, since I needs must dye,