A Happy Life

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A Happy Life
by Henry Wotton

    How happy is he born and taught
      That serveth not another's will;
    Whose armour is his honest thought,
      And simple truth his utmost skill!

    Whose passions not his master's are,
      Whose soul is still prepared for death,
    Not tied unto the world with care
      Of public fame, or private breath.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.