: Songs Of Life
: Types Of Children's Literature

Sir Henry Wotton

How happy is he born and taught,

That serveth not another's will;

Whose armor is his honest thought,

And simple truth, his utmost skill;

Whose passions not his masters are,

Whose soul is still prepared for death,

Untied unto the world by care

Of public fame or private breath;

Who envies none that chance doth raise,

Nor vice; who never understood

How deepest wounds are given by praise,

Nor rules of state, but rules of good;

Who hath his life from rumors freed,

Whose conscience is his strong retreat;

Whose state can neither flatterers feed,

Nor ruin make oppressors great;

Who God doth late and early pray,

More of his grace than gifts to lend,

And entertains the harmless day

With a religious book, or friend.

This man is freed from servile bands

Of hope to rise, or fear to fall;

Lord of himself, though not of lands,

And having nothing, yet hath all.