Character of A Happy Life
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Lesson- 2
Character of A Happy Life
Composed by-Sir Henry Wotton(1568-1639)
How happy is he born or taught

That serveth not another's will:

Whose armour is his honest thought,

And simple truth his utmost skill! Whose passions not his master are:

Whose soul is still prepared for death;

Untied unto the world with care

Of princely love or vulgar breath; Who hath his life from rumours freed,

Whose consceience is his strong retreat;

Whose state can neither flatterers feed'

Nor ruin makes oppressors great; Who envies none whom chance doth raise

Nor vice; who never understood

How deepest wounds are given with praise;

Nor rules of state, but rules of good; Who God doth late and early pray

More of his grace than gifts to lend;

Who entertains the harmless day

With a well-chosen book or friend; This man is free from servile bands

Of hope to rise' or fear to fall;p>

Lord of himself, though not of lands;

And having nothing, he hath all.
 
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