Henry Howard

(1517 – 19 January 1547 / Norfolk)

The Things That Cause A Quiet Life - Poem by Henry Howard

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.


Comments about The Things That Cause A Quiet Life by Henry Howard

  • Anna Van Der Sluis (10/22/2015 6:16:00 PM)


    One of the most beautiful poems of the Tudor area. Written by a true Noble man on which shoulders where 400 years of family tradition. This poem says much about his longings versus his duty . Brought to dead by henry the eight on false charges (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/29/2015 1:41:00 PM)


    'A Quiet Life'... mmm.. not so easy to get... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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