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"My mind to me a Kingdom Is"

My mind to me a kingdom is,

Such present joys therein I find

That it excels all other bliss

That earth affords or grows by kind;

Though much I want which most would have,

Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

No princely pomp, no wealthy store,

No force to win the victory,

No wily wit to salve a sore,

No shape to feed a loving eye;

To none of these I yield as thrall;

For why? My mind doth serve for all.

I see how plenty surfeits oft,

and hasty climbers soon do fall;

I see that those which are aloft

Mishap doth threaten most of all;

They get with toil, they keep with fear;

Such cares my mind could never bear.

Content to live, this is my stay;

I seek no more than may suffice;

I press to ear no haughty sway;

Look, what I lack my mind supplies:

Lo thus I triumph like a king,

Content with that my mind doth bring.

Some have too much, yet still do crave;

I little have, and seek no more.

They are but poor, though much they have,

and I am rich with little store:

They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;

They lack, I leave; they pine, I live.

I laugh not at another's loss;

I grudge not at another's pain;

No worldly waves my mind can toss;

My state at one doth still remain:

I fear no foe, I fawn no friend;

I loathe not life, nor dread my end.

Some weigh their pleasure by their lust,

Their wisdom by their rage of will;

their treasure is their only trust;

A cloaked craft their store of skill:

But all the pleasure that I find

Is to maintain a quiet mind.

My wealth is health and perfect ease;

My conscience clear my chief defense;

I neither seek by bribes to please,

nor by deceit to breed offence:

Thus do I live; thus will I die;

Would all did so as well as I!