Henry Livingston Jr.

(1748-1828)

Careless Philosopher's Soliloquy


I rise when I please, when I please I lie down,
Nor seek, what I care not a rush for, renown;
The rattle called wealth I have learnt to despise,
Nor aim to be either important or wise.

Let women & children & children-like men
Pursue the false trollop the world has called fame.
Who just as enjoyed, is instantly flown
And leaves disappointment, the hag, in her room.

If the world is content not to stand in my way
The world may jog on both by night and by day
Unimpeded by me - not a straw will I put
Where a dear fellow-creature uplifteth its foot.

While my conscience upbraids not, I'll rise and lye down,
Nor envy a monarch His cares and His crown.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: children, women, world, night, rose, woman, child

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Careless Philosopher's Soliloquy by Henry Livingston Jr. )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. रंजानाय फैगौ, Ronjoy Brahma

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Christmas Haiku, Mr. Nobody
  2. Problems, Michelle Dragonfly
  3. Busy, Michelle Dragonfly
  4. A Statue for the Rev.Ian Paisley, Barney Rooney
  5. For Francis Jude Omoto (1982-2006), Dankaro Osazee
  6. Haiku Snowflakes, Kwai Chee Low
  7. रंजानाय फैगौ, Ronjoy Brahma
  8. Haiku Christmas is Here, Kwai Chee Low
  9. Snowman, Kwai Chee Low
  10. Heralding Christmas, Kwai Chee Low
[Hata Bildir]