Treasure Island

Joshua Sylvester

(1563 - 1618 / England)

A Contented Mind


I weigh not Fortune's frown or smile,
I joy not much in earthly joys;
I seek not state, I reck not style,
I am not fond of fancy's toys;
I rest so pleased with what I have,
I wish no more, no more I crave.
I quake not at the thunder's crack,
I tremble not at noise of war,
I swoon not at the news of wrack,
I shrink not at a blazing star:
I fear not loss, I hope not gain,
I envy none, I none disdain.
I see ambition never pleased,
I see some Tantals starved in store;
I see gold's dropsy seldom eased,
I see e'en Midas gape for more.
I neither want, nor yet abound:
Enough's a feast; content is crown'd.
I feign not friendship where I hate,
I fawn not on the great in show,
I prize, I praise a mean estate,
Neither too lofty nor too low;
This, this is all my choice, my cheer,
A mind content, a conscience clear.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Contented Mind by Joshua Sylvester )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. A Tiny Island, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. God's Kind Of Poetry., Darlene Walsh
  3. "Vae victis! ", Lento Maez
  4. the death of a little girl, Lizzy Hartwig
  5. Not Far Off: A New Beginning, M.J Donnchadh
  6. My Master, Aftab Alam
  7. There Are Two Worlds, Neela Nath
  8. Dirt Is Not Love, Neela Nath
  9. from 'The Double V', Morgan Michaels
  10. God Feeds the Birds, Dr John Celes

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Louis Stevenson

AT last she comes, O never more
In this dear patience of my pain
To leave me lonely as before,
Or leave my soul alone again.... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]