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The man of life

The man of life upright,
Whose guiltless heart is free
From all dishonest deeds
And yoke of vanity,

The man whose silent days
In harmless joys are spent
Whom hopes cannot delude
Nor sorrows discontent,

That man needs neither towers
Nor armour for defence
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 sky.

Thus, scorning all the cares
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.

Integer Vitae

By Thomas Campion 1567-1620, English poet & composer. The Latin title means a blameless life

A Roman maxim says, fidem qui perdit, quo se servet relicuo? The one who has lost his honour, what has he left to live upon? [Publilius Syrus]

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