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    Henry Howard, Earl Of Surrey - The Means To Attain Happy Life

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    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.