Sweet content (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2019-11-11)   CPDL #55874:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-11).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sweet content
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Thomas Dekker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 271

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Original text and translations

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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
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!

2  Canst drink the waters of the crisped spring?
O sweet content!
Swimm'st thou in wealth, yet sinkest 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!