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My Mind to me a Kingdom is

Sir Edward Dyer 1543 ( Sharpham Park, Glastonbury) – 1607 ( chancel, St Saviour's)

My mind to me a kingdom is;
  Such perfect joy therein I find
  That it excels all other bliss
  Which God or nature hath assign'd.
  Though much I want that most would have,
  Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

  No princely port, nor wealthy store,
  No force to win a victory,
  No wily wit to salve a sore,
  No shape to win a loving eye;
  To none of these I yield as thrall,--
  For why? my mind despise them all.

  I see that plenty surfeit oft,
  And hasty climbers soonest fall;
  I see that such as are aloft
  Mishap doth threaten most of all.
  These get with toil and keep with fear;
  Such cares my mind can never bear.

  I press to bear no haughty sway,
  I wish no more than may suffice,
  I do no more than well I may,
  Look, what I want my mind supplies.
  Lo ! thus I triumph like a king,
  My mind content with anything.

  I laugh not at another's loss,
  Nor grudge not at another's gain;
  No worldly waves my mind can toss;
  I brook that is another's bane.
  I fear no foe, nor fawn on friend,
  I loathe not life, nor dread mine end.

  My wealth is health and perfect ease,
  And conscience clear my chief defence;
  I never seek by bribes to please,
  Nor by desert to give offence.
  Thus do I live, thus will I die,--
  Would all did so as well as I!

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