Sunday, February 12, 2012


The Art to Like My Own

John Norris (1657–1711), Content, first stanza, from A Collection of Miscellanies (London: Samuel Manship, 1710), p. 61:
        I bless my Stars I envy none,
Not great, nor wealthy, no nor yet the Wise,
        I've learn't the Art to like my own,
And what I can't attain to, not to prize.
        Vast Tracts of Learning I descry
Beyond the Sphere perhaps of my Activity,
And yet I'm ne're the more concern'd at this,
Than for the Gems that lye in the profound Abyss.

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