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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 39. When a true friend may be best knowne


AS the glow-worme shines brightest in the darke,
And frankincense smells sweetest in the fire:
So crosse adventures make us best remarke
A sincere friend from a dissembled Lyer;
For some being friends to our prosperity,
And not to us: when it failes, they decay.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 33. The onely true progresse to a blessed life
  2. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  3. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 27. Of Lust, and Anger


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