Not my poem, but one I love

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  1. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    The Things that Cause a Quiet Life



    My friend, the things that do attain
    The happy life be these, I find:
    The riches 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 healthy life;
    The household of continuance;

    The mean diet, no dainty fare;
    True wisdom joined with simpleness;
    The night discharged of all care,
    Where wine the wit may not oppress;

    The faithful wife, without debate;
    Such sleeps as may beguile the night:
    Content thyself with thine estate,
    Neither wish death, nor fear his might.


    Henry Howard Earl of Surrey
     
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    What a beautiful poem Terry thanks for sharing it
     
  3. Butterfly

    Butterfly Pokémon Master Staff Alumni SF Author SF Supporter

    Lovely poem Terry, thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    Another favourite



    The Remorseful day

    by
    A. E. Housman


    Yonder see the morning blink:
    The sun is up, and up must I,
    To wash and dress and eat and drink
    And look at things and talk and think
    And work, and God knows why.

    Oh often have I washed and dressed
    And what’s to show for all my pain?
    Let me lie abed and rest:
    Ten thousand times I’ve done my best
    And all’s to do again.


    How clear, how lovely bright,
    How beautiful to sight
    Those beams of morning play;
    How heaven laughs out with glee
    Where, like a bird set free,
    Up from the eastern sea
    Soars the delightful day.

    To-day I shall be strong,
    No more shall yield to wrong,
    Shall squander life no more;
    Days lost, I know not how,
    I shall retrieve them now;
    Now I shall keep the vow
    I never kept before.

    Ensanguining the skies
    How heavily it dies
    Into the west away;
    Past touch and sight and sound
    Not further to be found,
    How hopeless under ground
    Falls the remorseful day.
     
  5. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Wow h un you do find some very thought provoking poems beautiful it is thanks
     
  6. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    I actually heard that one while watching Endeavour (the prequel to Inspector Morse), loved it so hunted it down.
     
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