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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Content (from Patient Grissil)
By Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)
 
ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
              O sweet Content!
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexed?
              O Punishment!
Dost laugh to see how fools are vexed        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 noney, noney; hey noney, noney.        10
 
Canst drink the waters of the crisped 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, etc.
 
 
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