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.
Note 1. There is a very similar but anonymous copy in the British Museum. Additional MS. 15225, p. 85. And there is an imitation in J. Sylvesters Works, p. 651.Hannah: Courtly Poets.
My mind to me a kingdom is; Such perfect joy therein I find, As far exceeds all earthly bliss That God and Nature hath assigned. Though much I want that most would have, Yet still my mind forbids to crave. Byrd: Psalmes, Sonnets, etc. 1588.
My mind to me an empire is, While grace affordeth health. Robert Southwell (15601595): Loo Home.
Mens regnum bona possidet (A good mind possesses a kingdom).Seneca: Thyestes, ii. 380. [back]