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  • Kingdom of the Mind

    From the Omaha Daily Bee, March 30, 1914. By Sir Edward Dyer (1540-1607).

    My mind to me a kingdom is;
        Such present joys therein I find,
    That it excels all other bliss
        That earth affords or grows by kind;
    Though much I want that most would have,
    Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

    No princely pomp, no wealthy store
        No force to win the victory,
    No wily wit to salve a sore
        No shape to feed a loving eye;
    To none of these I yield as thrall;
    For why? My mind doth serve for all.

    I see how plenty surfeits oft,
        And hasty climbers soon do fall;
    I see that those which are aloft
        Mishap doth threaten most of all;
    They get with toil, they keep with fear;
    Such cares my mind could never bear.

    Content I live, this is my stay;
        I seek no more than may suffice;
    I press to bear no haughty sway;
        Look, what I lack my mind supplies.
    Lo, thus I triumph like a king
    Content with that my mind doth bring.

    Some have too much, yet still do crave;
        I little have, and seek no more.
    They are but poor, though much they have,
        And I am rich with little store;
    They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
    They lack, I leave; they pine, I live.

    I laugh not at another’s loss,
        I grudge not at another’s gain;
    No worldly waves my mind can toss;
        My state at one doth still remain;
    I fear no foe, I fawn no friend;
    I loathe not life, nor dread my end.

    Some weigh their pleasure by their lust,
        Their wisdom by the rage of will;
    Their treasure is their only trust,
        A cloaked craft their store of skill;
    But all the pleasure that I find
    Is to maintain a quiet mind.

    My wealth is health and perfect ease,
        My conscience clear my chief defense;
    I neither seek by bribes to please,
        Nor by deceit to breed offense;
    Thus do I live; thus will I die;
    Would all did so as well as I!