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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 10. The best wits, once depraved, become the most impious


THe whitest Lawne receives the deepest moale:
The purest Chrysolit is soonest stained:
So without grace, the most ingenious soule,
Is with the greatest wickednesse profaned:
And the more edge it have, apply'd to sin,
Where it should spare, it cuts the deeper in.



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 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
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good
  5. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents


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