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Guiltless Heart
(1561 - 1626 / England)

Guiltless Heart

The man of life upright, whose guiltless heart is free
From all dishonest deeds and thoughts of vanity:
The man whose silent days in harmless joys are spent,
Whom hopes cannot delude, nor fortune discontent;
That man needs neither towers nor armor for defense,
Nor secret vaults to fly from thunder's violence:
He only can behold with unaffrighted eyes
The horrors of the deep and terrors of the skies;
Thus scorning all the care that fate or fortune brings,
He makes the heaven his book, his wisdom heavenly things;
Good thoughts his only friends, his wealth a well-spent age,
The earth his sober inn and quiet pilgrimage.

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Comments (6)

a poem every man should decipher and live by.
a heart without guilt. a very fine poem. tony
Good thoughts his only friends, his wealth a well-spent age, The earth his sober inn and quiet pilgrimage. /// great write
nice didactic description
Just so. Reeks of doggerel. He would have done well at Hallmark.
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