Pleasant Comedy of Patient Grissill (1603)
by Thomas Dekker

Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
          Oh, sweet content !
    Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexed ?
          Oh, punishment !
    Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vexed
    To add to golden numbers golden numbers?
          Oh, sweet content, oh, sweet, &c.

Work apace, apace, apace, apace ;
Honest labor bears a lovely face,
Then hey noney, noney, hey noney, noney.

Canst drink the waters of the crispëd spring ?
          Oh, sweet content !
    Swim'st thou in wealth, yet sink'st in thine own tears ?
          Oh, punishment!
    Then he that patiently want's burden bears,
    No burden bears, but is a king, a king.
          Oh, sweet content, &c.

Work apace, apace, &c.

Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, Eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 391.


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