Epigrams. The Second Booke. ¹ 26. Consolation to a poore man
THat you are poore, it should not much disheart you; For povertie securely keepes your house From theeves, & Robbers: and makes roome to vertue, By banishing of pride, and the abuse Of riches: the losse thereof, and feare of losse, Surfets, and vices, that prejudge the health: Which being shut out of doores, strive to compose Your mind to quietnesse, more worth, then wealth; For without wealth you may have happinesse: But not without tranquillitie, and ease.
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