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Poem by Thomas Urquhart
Epigrams. The First Booke. ¹ 15. To one of a great memory, but depraved life
Though many things your memory containe: If by your mind, to matters it be led, Which are lesse profitable to retaine, Then to commit t’oblivion, it is bad: And whatsoever arts it comprehend: If it remember not on piety: Repentance for enormous sins: the end Of life, Gods judgements, and his clemencie; Those necessary precepts while you lake, You but forget your selfe: and it is weake.
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