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Poem by Thomas Urquhart
Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 5. A certaine ancient philosopher did hereby insi∣nuate, how necessary a thing the administrati∣on of iustice was: and to be alwaies vigilant in the judicious di∣stribution of punishment, and recompence
SEeing by the multitude of those offend, The shame of sin's diminish'd now in such A measure, that a common crime, in end Will cease to be accounted a reproach: I am affrayd, that (if iniquitie Be suffer'd thus to propagate) it will With bad example safer be to stray, Then to prove singular in doing well: Nor is this grievous inconvenience (tho Pernicious to the state) to be withstood, If any the least care be wanting to Chastise the wicked, and reward the good: Which Law each Prince should in his bosome nou∣rish; That Vice may be supprest: and vertue flourish.
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