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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 19. What is not vertuously acquired, if acquired by vs, is not properly ours


WHos'ever by sinister meanes is come
To places of preferment, and to walke
Within the bounds of vertue takes no plea∣sure:
Provideth onely titles for his tombe,
And for the baser people pratling talke:
But nothing for himselfe in any measure;
For fortune doth with all things us befit,
Save the sole mind of ours: and Vice kils it.



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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