Integer Vitae

Riches and rank – a morning dream in


Fame – but an unsubstantial cloud above;

Thy very body is not thine for ay;

Hate is the end of love.

Fix not a golden collar on thy neck;

Be not with chain of jade in service bound;

Pure heart and few desires: earth’s dust

shake off –

And happiness is found.

Anon 18th cent. A.D.

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