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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
T. Dekker
 
LIV. The Happy Heart
 
ART thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers? 
            O sweet content! 
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexèd? 
            O punishment! 
Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vexèd         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 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
 
 
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