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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)

From ‘Patient Grissil’

ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?

O sweet Content!

Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexed?

O punishment!

Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vexed

To add to golden numbers golden numbers?

O sweet Content, O sweet, O sweet Content!

Work apace, apace, apace, apace,

Honest labor bears a lovely face.

Then hey nonny, nonny; hey nonny, nonny.

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

No burden bears, but is a king, a king.

O sweet Content, O sweet, O sweet Content!