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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 9. That a courtesie ought to be conferred soone, and with a good will


NO man will from his heart owe that, which was
Extorted by meere importunity,
Without regard of true desert; because
It seemes to have beene giv'n unwillingly:
Who distributes his benefits that way,
Needs not then wait for a gratification
From him, whom he hath dulled with delay,
And tortured with grievous expectation;
For we acknowledge gifts according to
Th'intent of him, who doth the same bestow.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  2. 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
  3. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 33. The onely true progresse to a blessed life


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