Verse > Anthologies > William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. > The Book of Elizabethan Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · GLOSSARY · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Sweet Content
By Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)
 
ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
      O sweet content!
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplex’d?
      O punishment!
Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vex’d        5
To add to golden numbers golden numbers?
      O sweet content! O sweet, O sweet content!
Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
Honest labour bears a lovely face;
Then hey nonny nonny—hey nonny nonny!        10
 
Can’st drink the waters of the crispèd spring?
      O sweet content!
Swim’st thou in wealth, yet sink’st in thine own tears?
      O punishment!
Then he that patiently want’s burden bears,        15
No burden bears, but is a king, a king!
      O sweet content! O sweet, O sweet content!
Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
Honest labour bears a lovely face;
Then hey nonny nonny—hey nonny nonny!        20
 
 
CONTENTS · GLOSSARY · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors