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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
183. O Sweet Content
 
Thomas Dekker (1570(?)–1614)
 
 
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
 
Canst drink the waters of the crispèd spring?
        O sweet content!
Swimm’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 in 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
 

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