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THOMAS DEKKER

1575-1641

213                                             Sweet Content

ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
               O sweet content!
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexd?
               O punishment!
Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vexd
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 nonnyhey nonny nonny!
Canst drink the waters of the crispàed spring?
               O sweet content!
Swimst thou in wealth, yet sinkst in thine own tears?
               O punishment!
Then he that patiently wants burden bears,
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 nonnyhey nonny nonny!

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