1 WHAT self-sufficiency and false content
2 Benumb the senses of the indolent!
3 Dead to all purposes of good, or ill,
4 Alive alone in an unactive will.
5 His only vice in no good action lies,
6 And his sole virtue is his want of vice.
7 Business he deems too hard, trifles too easy,
8 And doing nothing finds himself too busy.[Page 295]
9 Silence he cannot bear, noise is distraction,
10 Noise kills with bustle, silence with reflection;
11 No want he feels, — what has he to pursue?
12 To him 'tis less to suffer, than to do.
13 The busy world's a fool, the learn'd a sot,
14 And his sole hope to be by all forgot:
15 Wealth is procur'd with toil, and kept with fear,
16 Knowledge by labour purchas'd costs too dear;
17 Friendship's a clog, and family a jest,
18 A wife but a bad bargain at the best;
19 Honour a bubble, subject to a breath,
20 And all engagements vain since null'd by death;
21 Thus all the wise esteem, he can despise,
22 And caring not, 'tis he alone is wise:
23 Yet, all his wish possessing, finds no rest,
24 And only lives to know, he never can be blest.
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Title (in Source Edition): The INDOLENT.
Author: John Hoadly
Themes: virtue; vice
Genres: heroic couplet
References: DMI 27929
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