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    The Means To Attain Happy Life - The Tudors

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    Charles Brandon, Duke Of Suffolk (played by Henry Cavill) reads from the poem The Means To Attain Happy Life as he converses with its author Henry Howard, Earl Of Surrey (played by David O'Hara) in a scene from Season 4 Episode 4 of the 2007 TV series The Tudors.

    The Means To Attain Happy Life
    by Henry Howard, Earl Of Surrey (1516-1547)

    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 dischargèd 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.