How happy is he born or taught
Who serveth not another’s will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
And simple truth his highest skill;
Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepared for death;
Not tied unto the world with care
Of public fame or private breath;
Who God doth late and early pray
More of His grace than goods to lend,
And walks with man, from day to day,
As with a brother and a friend!
This man is freed from servile bands
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall;
Lord of himself, though not of lands,
And having nothing, yet hath all.
How happy is he born and taught. H. Wotton. [ Secret of Happiness.] From Izaak Walton's edition of Wotton's Poems, &c, published as Reliquae Wottonianae in 1651, p. 522, (p. 926, i.), into a few collections, and sometimes dated 1614.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)