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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sweet are the Thoughts

By Robert Greene (1558–1592)

From ‘Farewell to Folly’

SWEET are the thoughts that savor of content;

The quiet mind is richer than a crown;

Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;

The poor estate scorns Fortune’s angry frown:

Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,

Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.

The homely house that harbors quiet rest;

The cottage that affords no pride nor care;

The mean that ’grees with country music best;

The sweet consort of mirth and music’s fare;

Obscurèd life sets down a type of bliss:

A mind content both crown and kingdom is.