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In Praise of My New-found-land

Although in cloaths, company, buildings faire
With England, New-found-land cannot compare:
Did some know what contentment I found there,
Alwayes enough, most times somewhat to spare,
With little paines, lesse toyle, and lesser care,
Exempt from taxings, ill newes, Lawing, feare,
If cleane, and warme, no matter what you weare,
Healthy, and wealthy, if men careful are,
With much much more, then I will now declare,
(I say) if some wise men knew what this were
(I doe beleeve) they'd live no other where.

Governor Robert Hayman - 1628

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