A Balade Stanza Rhyming “ababbcc”
The Rhyme Scheme
Flee fro the press and dwelle with soothfasnesse; a
Suffice unto thy thing, though it be smal;
For hoord hath hate, and climbing tikelnesse;
Press hath envye, and wele blent overal.
Savoure no more than thee bihoove shal;
Rule wel thyself that other folk canst rede:
And Trouthe shal delivere, it is no drede.
[Flee from the court in-crowd and live in truthfulness;
Accept what status and wealth you have, though it be little;
For hording breeds hatred, and social climbing leads to unsteadiness;
The in-crowd is full of envy, and prosperity blinds all who prosper.
Acquire and consume and draw pleasure from no more than you deserve to have;
Control yourself well if you’re governing or advising others;[Do all that!] And truth/loyalty/God’s love will surely deliver you.