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Poem by Thomas Urquhart
Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 19. The Parallel of Nature, and For∣tune
A Fly, which is a despicable creature Obtaines, beside her wings, six feet from Nature: Yet foure feet onely, she is pleas'd to grant To the huge body of an Elephant: So Fortune doth withdraw her gifts from some, Whose real worth surpasseth theirs, on whom She hath bestowed them, as forcibly, As Elephants in strenth exceed a fly.
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