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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Avienus (4th Century)

On a Quiet Life

Translation of Charles Abraham Elton

SMALL fields are mine; a small and guiltless rent:

In both I prize the quiet of content.

My mind maintains its peace, from feverish dread

Secure, and fear of crimes that sloth has bred.

Others let toilsome camps or curule chairs

Invite, and joys which vain ambition shares.

May I, my lot among the people thrown,

Live to myself, and call my time my own!