E.A. Robinson
Variations of Greek Themes: A Happy Man (1902)






When these graven lines you see,


Traveler, do not pity me;


Though I be among the dead,


Let no mournful word be said.




Children that I leave behind,


And their children, all were kind;


Near to them and to my wife,


I was happy all my life.




My three sons I married right,


And their sons I rocked at night;


Death nor sorrow ever brought


Cause for one unhappy thought.




Now, and with no need of tears,


Here they leave me, full of years,--


Leave me to my quiet rest


In the region of the blest.