Let the wealthy & great roll in splendor & state. I envy them not, I declare it.
I eat my own lamb, my own chickens & ham. I sheer my own sheep & I wear it.
I have lawns. I have bowers. I have fruit. I have flowers.
The lark is my morning alarmer.
So you jolly boys now, here’s God Bless the plough.
Long life & success to the farmer.
– From a 15th century song
Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress