I tremble not at noise of war (Orlando Gibbons)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-10-29). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 64 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Reformatting of an edition by Harrie Collins, with minor adjustments to the underlay, and to slurring. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Original text and translations
(Gibbons reverses the line order in the first two couplets of the three he sets here.)
== A Contented Mind ==
I weigh not Fortune's frown or smile,
I joy not much in earthly joys;
I seek not state, I reck not style,
I am not fond of fancy's toys;
I rest so pleased with what I have,
I wish no more, no more I crave.
I quake not at the thunder's crack,
I tremble not at noise of war,
I swoon not at the news of wrack,
I shrink not at a blazing star:
I fear not loss, I hope not gain,
I envy none, I none disdain.
I see ambition never pleased,
I see some Tantals starved in store;
I see gold's dropsy seldom eased,
I see e'en Midas gape for more.
I neither want, nor yet abound:
Enough's a feast; content is crown'd.
I feign not friendship where I hate,
I fawn not on the great in show,
I prize, I praise a mean estate,
Neither too lofty nor too low;
This, this is all my choice, my cheer,
A mind content, a conscience clear.