Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Quiet Mind
I joy not in no earthly bliss;2 force: Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. force, v.1, sense 14.a: "Chiefly in negative sentences...To attach force or importance to; to care for, regard; often with a strengthening phrase, as a bean, a pin, a straw."
I force not Croesus' wealth a straw;
For care I know not what it is;
I fear not Fortune's fatal law.
My mind is such as may not move
For beauty bright, nor force of love.
I wish but what I have at will;
I wander not to seek for more;
I like the plain, I climb no hill;
In greatest storms I sit on shore,
And laugh at them that toil in vain
To get what must be lost again.
I kiss not where I wish to kill;
I feign not love where most I hate;
I break no sleep to win my will;
I wait not at the mighty's gate.
I scorn no poor, nor fear no rich,
I feel no want, nor have too much.
The court and cart I like nor loathe;
Extremes are counted worst of all;
The golden mean between them both
Doth surest sit and fear no fall.
This is my choice; forwhy I find
No wealth is like the quiet mind.
Note the preponderance of monosyllabic words (only one disyllabic word among the forty-seven words of the third stanza).