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Poem by Thomas Urquhart

Epigrams. The First Booke. № 19. Ingratitude is such a common vice, that even those who exclame most against it, are not freest of it

IT would not be an universall cace,
Nor could each man have so true cause to fall
In rayling 'gainst ingratitude; unlesse
There were some reason to complaine of all:
Thus, who have with unthankfulnesse beene met,
May from such dealing this instruction draw,
That if themselves did ever prove ingrate,
They get but justice from the Talion-Law,
To th'end they may from those their faults refraine,
Which they so ugly see in other men.

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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