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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 39. One, who did extreamly regret, his bestowing of a great benefit vpon an ingrate man


BY giving moneyes to a thanklesse man,
You lost the matter of your benefit:
Page  57 But the best part thereof doth still remaine,
Which was your willingnesse in giving it;
For his repaying of your gratefull action,
Had made you gaine all, that you had received
And getting nought, you lacke not satisfaction;
It onely being, to give it, that you gave it;
Else in your gifts, a bargaine we should find:
And not the noble acts of a free mind.



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 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 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


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