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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.
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