Monday, May 17, 2010

The Quiet Mind

I was catching up on "The Tudors" on Showtime, and the Earl of Surrey was translating the following poem:


MARTIAL, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find:—
The richesse left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground, the quiet mind;

The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;
No charge of rule, nor governance;
Without disease, the healthful life;
The household of continuance;

The mean diet, no delicate fare;
True wisdom join’d with simpleness;
The night dischargèd of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress.

The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night:
Contented with thine own estate
Ne wish for death, ne fear his might.

He then turns to the Duke of Suffolk, who sadly and wistfully says, "I have none of those things." I found the poem rather inspiring, and I would like to live a life that encompasses as many of these as possible.


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