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11My mind to me a kingdom is:My minde to me a kingdome is;
22Such perfect joy therein I findSuch perfect joy therein i finde
33That it excels all other blissAs farre exceeds all earthly blisse,
44That God or nature hath assigned.That God, or Nature, hath assignde:
55Though much I want, that most would have,Though much I want, that most would have,
66Yet still my mind forbids to crave.Yet still my mind forbids to crave.
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88No princely port, nor wealthy store,Content I live; this is my stay;
99No force to win a victory,I seek no more than may suffice:
1010No wily wit to salve a sore,I presse to beare no haugthie sway;
1111No shape to win a loving eye;Look what I lack my mind supplies.
1212To none of these I yield as thrall!Loe! thus I triumph like a king,
1313For why? my mind despise them all.Content with that my mind doth bring.
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1515I see that plenty surfeits oft,I see how plentie surfets oft,
1616And hasty climbers soonest fall;And hastie clymbers soonest fall:
1717I see that such as are aloft,I see that such as sit aloft
1818Mishap doth threaten most of all.Mishap doth threaten most of all:
1919These get with toil, and keep with fear:These get with toile, and keep with feare:
2020Such cares my mind can never bear.Such cares my mind could never beare.
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2222I press to bear no haughty sway,No princely pompe, nor welthie store,
2323I wish no more than may suffice,No force to winne the victorie,
2424I do no more, than well I may;No wylie wit to salve a sore,
2525Look, what I want, my mind supplies.No shape to winne a lover's eye;
2626Lo, thus I triumph like a king,To none of these I yeeld as thrall,
2727My mind content with any thing.For why my mind despiseth all.
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2929I laugh not at another’s loss,Some have too much, yet still they crave;
3030Nor grudge not at another’s gain.I little have, yet seek no more:
3131No worldly waves my mind can toss,They are but poore, tho' much they have;
3232I brook that is another’s bane;And I am rich with little store:
3333I fear no foe, nor fawn on friend,They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
3434I loathe not life nor dread mine end.They lacke, I lend; they pine, I live.
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3636My wealth is health and perfect ease;I laugh not at another's losse,
3737And conscience clear my chief defence;I grudge not at another's gaine;
3838I never seek by bribes to please,No worldly wave my mind can tosse;
3939Nor by desert to give offence,I brooke that is another's bane:
4040Thus do I live, thus will I die:I feare no foe, nor fawne on friend;
41I lothe not life, nor dread mine end.
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43I joy not in no earthly blisse;
44I weigh not Cresus' welth a straw;
45For care, I care not what it is;
46I feare not fortune's fatall law:
47My mind is such as may not move
48For beautie bright or force of love.
49
50I wish but what I have at will;
51I wander not to seeke for more;
52I like the plaine, I clime no hill;
53In greatest storms I sitte on shore;
54And laugh at them that toile in vaine
55To get what must be lost againe.
56
57I kisse not where I wish to kill;
58I feigne not love where most I hate;
59I breake no sleep to winne my will;
60I wayte not at the mightie's gate;
61I scorne no poore, I fear no rich;
62I feele no want, nor have too much.
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64The court, ne cart, I like, ne loath;
65Extreames are counted worst of all:
66The golden meane betwixt them both
67Doth surest sit, and fears no fall:
68This is my choyce, for why I finde,
69No wealth is like a quiet minde.
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71My welth is health, and perfect ease;
72My conscience clere my chiefe defence:
73I never seeke by brybes to please,
74Nor by desert to give offence:
75Thus do I live, thus will I die;
4176Would all did so as well as I!Would all did so as well as I!

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