How to Live

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

A quaint command:
think of kindness, thank for kindness.
After supper, good music and bed.
Strew the streets with herbs for joy of going.
Never pray for happiness as long as the sun
and moon endure.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 5 May 1660.

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