402. C. M. Needham. Moderation.
1 Happy the man whose cautious steps
Still keep the golden mean;
Whose life by wisdom's rules well formed,
Declares a conscience clean.
2 To sect or party his large soul
Disdains to be confined;
The good he loves of every name,
And prays for all mankind.
3 His business is to keep his heart;
Each passion to control;
Nobly ambitious well to rule
The empire of his soul.
4 Not on the world his heart is set,
His treasure is above;
Nothing beneath the sovereign good
Can claim his highest love.