Kail Yard Bard

A very humble pen I ply
  Beneath a cottage thatch;
And in the sunny hours I try
  To till my cabbage patch;
And in the gloaming glad am I
  To lift the latch.
I do not plot to pile up pelf,
  With jowl and belly fat;
To simple song I give myself,
  And seek no gain at that:
Content if milk is on the shelf
  To feed the cat.

I joy that haleness I possess,
  Though fame has passed me by;
And see such gold of happiness
  A-shining in the sky,
I wonder who has won success,
  Proud men or I?

I do not grieve that I am poor,
  And by the world unknown;
Free as the wind, serene and sure,
  In peace I live alone.
'Tis better to be bard obscure
  Than King on Throne.

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