Abraham Cowley

Here you will find the Poem A Vote (excerpt) of poet Abraham Cowley

A Vote (excerpt)

 This only grant me: that my means may lie
 Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
 Some honour I would have,
 Not from great deeds, but good alone;
 Th'ignote are better than ill-known,
 Rumour can ope the grave.
 Acquaintance I would hug, but when 't depends
 Not from the number, but the choice of friends.

 Books should, not bus'ness, entertain the light,
 And sleep, as undisturb'd as death, the night.
 My house a cottage, more
 Than palace, and should fitting be
 For all my use, no luxury.
 My garden painted o'er
 With Nature's hand, not Art's, and pleasures yield
 Horace might envy in his Sabine field.

 Thus would I double my life's fading space,
 For he that runs it well, twice runs his race.
 And in this true delight,
 These unbought sports and happy state
 I would not fear, nor wish my fate,
 But boldly say each night,
 To-morrow let my sun his beams display,
 Or in clouds hide them; I have liv'd to-day.