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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 36. How difficult a thing it is, to tread in the pathes of vertue


THe way to vertue's hard, uneasie, bends
Aloft, being full of steep, and rugged Alleys;
For never one to a high place ascends,
That alwayes keepes the plaine, and pleasant Valleyes:
And reason in each humane breast ordaines,
That precious things be purchased with paines.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents
  2. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 33. The onely true progresse to a blessed life
  3. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  4. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 33. Why our thoughts, all the while we are in this tran∣sitory world, from the houre of our nativity, to the laying downe of our bodies in the grave, should not at any time exspaciat themselves in the broad way of destruction
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good


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