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Poem by Thomas Urquhart
Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 41. How to oppose sinister fate.
IF of misfortune you suppose t'exoner By any other meanes, then those of vertue, Your troubled spirit: you bestow upon her Both your owne skll, and weapons to subvert you; For that, wherewith you 'magine to resist Her furie, is already in her hand: And which she holds extended to your breast, To make you plyable to her command: It is not then great friends, Nobilitie, Health, beauty, strength, nor store of worldly treasure, That can preserve you from her blowes; for the Of all those things disposeth at her pleasure: But you, your selfe must furnish with such armes, As may defend you against vice, and sin: And so you shall not need to feare her harmes: For being so warded, you are happy in The tumults of the world: and she unable With all her might, to make you miserable.
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