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1 I AM of a temper fixed as a decree,
2 Resolv'd with myself to live happy and free;
3 With the cares of this world I am seldom perplex'd,
4 I am sometimes uneasy, but never quite vex'd;
5 I am neither too high nor too low in degree;
6 There are more that live worse than live better than me.
7 My life thus moves on amid freedom and ease,
8 I go where I will, and I come when I please;
9 I am plac'd below envy, and yet above spite;
10 I've judgment enough still to do myself right:
11 Some higher, some lower, I own there may be,
12 But ambition and want are both strangers to me.
13 When money comes in, pleas'd I live till 'tis gone,
14 I am happy when with it, contented with none;
15 If I spend it 'mong friends I count it but lent,
16 It thus goes genteelly β€” I never repent;
17 With mirth to my labour the hours sweetly pass,
18 Though at Saturday night I am just where I was.


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Title (in Source Edition): I AM OF A TEMPER FIXED AS A DECREE.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire β€œThe muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, p. 243.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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