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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
Sir H. Wotton
 
LXXII. Character of a Happy Life
 
HOW happy is he born and taught 
That serveth not another's will; 
Whose armour is his honest thought 
And simple truth his utmost skill; 
  
Whose passions not his masters are;         5
Whose soul is still prepared for death, 
Not tied unto the world with care 
Of public fame, or private breath; 
  
Who envies none that chance doth raise, 
Or vice; who never understood  10
How deepest wounds are given by praise, 
Nor rules of state, but rules of good; 
  
Who hath his life from rumours freed, 
Whose conscience is his strong retreat; 
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,  15
Nor ruin make accusers great; 
  
Who God doth late and early pray 
More of His grace than gifts to lend; 
And entertains the harmless day 
With a well-chosen book or friend;  20
  
—This man is freed from servile bands 
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall; 
Lord of himself, though not of lands; 
And having nothing, yet hath all. 
 
 
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