Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prophetic Lines Addressed to the Worker From the Labour Government (1947)

From the September 1947 issue of the Socialist Standard

Sweet Content
Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
     O sweet content!
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplex’d?
    O punishment!
Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vex’d
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!
Canst thou drink the waters of the crisped 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,
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!
(By Thomas Dekker who died in 1632).



1 comment:

Imposs1904 said...

In the original Standard, Dekker's death is listed as 1641 but wiki says 1632, so . . .