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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: VI. Labor and Rest
The Happy Heart
Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)
 
From “Patient Grissell,” Act I. Sc. 1.

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        5
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!        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 labor bears a lovely face;
Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!        20
 
 
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