Hawthorne wrote this poem on February 13, 1817. In it the young Hawthorne
expresses his hope that he will live a modest, humble life and his view that
the true glories of life are available to all
With passions unruffled untainted by pride
By reason my life let me square.
The wants of my nature are cheaply supplied
And the rest are but folly and care. How vainly through infinite trouble and strife
The many their labours employ,
Since all that is truly delightful in life,
Is what all if they please may enjoy.