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Poem by Robert Greene


Farewell to Folly


Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;
The quiet mind is richer than a crown;
Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;
The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown:
Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
The homely house that harbours quiet rest;
The cottage that affords no pride nor care;
The mean that 'grees with country music best;
The sweet consort of mirth and music's fare;
Obscured life sets down a type of bliss:
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.



Robert Greene


Robert Greene's other poems:
  1. Sephestia's Lullaby
  2. Maesia's Song
  3. The Description of Sir Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. Cupid Abroad Was Lated
  5. The Shepherd's Wife's Song


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