We had a visit from a Wise Friend who recited this poem for us ……..

What Constitutes a Happy Life

  • Enough money to meet your needs
  • Steady work
  • A comfortable fire
  • A clear distance from the law
  • A minimum of city business
  • A peaceful mind and a healthy body
  • Simple wisdom and firm friends
  • Enjoyable dinners and plain living
  • Nights free from care
  • A virtuous wife who is not a prude
  • Enough sleep to make the darkness short
  • Contentment with the life you have
  • Avoiding the sneer and the poisoned sigh
  • No fear of death
  • And no desire to die


  • Martial