Friday, August 06, 2010


A Mind Content

Robert Greene (1560?-1592), in Norman Ault, ed., Elizabethan Lyrics (New York: Capricorn Books, 1960), p. 121:
Sweet are the thoughts that savour 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 harbours 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;
Obscurëd life sets down a type of bliss:
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.

music's fare] 1591; modest fare, W.J. Linton, 1882.
Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939), A Courtyard

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