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His Content In the Country

by Robert Herrick, 1648

Here, here I live with what my board
Can with the smallest cost afford.
Though ne’er so mean the viands be,
They well content my Prew and me.
Or pea, or bean, or wort, or beet,
Whatever comes, content makes sweet.
Here we rejoice, because no rent
We pay for our poor tenement,
Wherein we rest, and never fear
The landlord or the usurer.
The quarter-day does ne’er affright
Our peaceful slumbers in the night.
We eat our own and batten more,
Because we feed on no man’s score;
But pity those whose flanks grow great,
Swell’d with the lard of others’ meat.
We bless our fortunes when we see
Our own beloved privacy;
And like our living, where we’re known
To very few, or else to none.

Published in Hesperides

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