Internal dialogue

(Lord’s day). My cold being increased, I staid at home all day, pleasing myself with my dining-room, now graced with pictures, and reading of Dr. Fuller’s “Worthys.” So I spent the day, and at night comes Sir W. Pen and supped and talked with me. This day by God’s mercy I am 29 years of age, and in very good health, and like to live and get an estate; and if I have a heart to be contented, I think I may reckon myself as happy a man as any is in the world, for which God be praised. So to prayers and to bed.

Home all day
with my pent-up talk,
this ear like a state
and if I have ink
I reckon myself a world.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 23 February 1661/62.

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