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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:213
AUTHOR:Sir Edward Dyer (1543?–1607)
QUOTATION:    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.
ATTRIBUTION:MS. Rawl. 85, p. 17. 1
 
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. Sylvester’s 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 (1560–1595): Loo Home.

Mens regnum bona possidet (A good mind possesses a kingdom).—Seneca: Thyestes, ii. 380. [back]
 

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