Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A CONTENTED MIND, by JOSHUA SYLVESTER

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A CONTENTED MIND, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I weigh not fortune's frown or smile
Last Line: A mind content, a conscience clear.
Variant Title(s): Contentment
Subject(s): Contentment

I weigh not fortune's frown or smile;
I joy not much in earthly joys;
I seek not state, I reck not style;
I am not fond of fancy's toys:
I rest so pleased with what I have,
I wish no more, no more I crave.
I quake not at the thunder's track;
I tremble not at news of war;
I swound not at the news of wrack;
I shrink not at a blazing star;
I fear not loss, I hope not gain,
I envy none, I none disdain.
I see ambition never pleased;
I see some Tantals starved in store;
I see gold's dropsy seldom eased;
I see even Midas gape for more;
I neither want nor yet abound,--
Enough's a feast, content is crowned.
I feign not friendship where I hate;
I fawn not on the great (in show);
I prize, I praise a mean estate,--
Neither too lofty nor too low:
This, this is all my choice, my cheer,--
A mind content, a conscience clear.

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