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