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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 5. The wise, and noble resolution of a truly couragious, and devout spirit, towards the absolute danting of those irregular affections, and inward perturbations, which readily might happen to impede the current of his sanctified designes: and oppose his already ini∣tiated progresse, in the divinely proposed course of a vertuous, and holy life


MY soule shall rule my body, raigne o'r it:
And curb the Pentarchie of sensuall charmes;
For though they live togither, 'tis not fit,
They be compagnons upon equall termes:
Page  3 But in my mind J'l harbour such a reason,
As strongly may o'rmaster each temptation
Can be suggested to't: and choake the Treason
Of all, and ev'ry will-betraying passion:
In this judicious order the Realme,
Or little world of mine owne selfe to guide,
It is my whole intent, till J make calme,
Rebellious motions, and suppresse the pride
Of flesh: then, while J breath, maintaine that right,
In spight of Satan, and all worldly might.



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 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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