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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Sweet Content

Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)
 
ART 1 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!
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
 
Note 1. Th. Dekker. 1575–1641. O.B.E.V. [back]
 
 
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