Art Thou Poor

Original Text: 
Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, and William Haughton, Patient Grissill, facs. edn. (Tudor Facs. Texts, 1911). PR 2411 P2 1603A Robarts Library
1  Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
2      O sweet content!
3Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexed?
4      O punishment!
5Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vexed
6To add to golden numbers, golden numbers?
7O sweet content! O sweet, O sweet content!
8      Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
9      Honest labour bears a lovely face;
10   Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!
11  Canst drink the waters of the crisped spring?
12      O sweet content!
13Swimm'st thou in wealth, yet sink'st in thine own tears?
14      O punishment!
15Then he that patiently want's burden bears
16No burden bears, but is a king, a king:
17O sweet content! O sweet, O sweet content!
18      Work apace, apace, apace, apace;
19      Honest labour bears a lovely face;
20   Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!
21  Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
22Smiles awake you when you rise.
23Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
24And I will sing a lullaby:
25Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
26Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;
27You are care, and care must keep you.
28Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
29And I will sing a lullaby:
30Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Publication Start Year: 
1603
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.246; RPO 1996-2000.
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