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The Means to Attain a Happy Life

Henry Howard Earl of Surrey at age 29, 1546
Henry Howard Earl of Surrey at age 29, 1546

I think this is perhaps my favourite poem. It reminds me of what is important in life and it’s interesting to note that, excluding a few dated ideas such as “The faithful wife, without debate” which may be considered a chauvinistic view today, what mattered to people in the 1500s is largely the same as what matters to people now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:

The Means to Attain a Happy Life
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. 1516–47

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