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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 30. That wise men, to speak properly, are the most powerfull men in the world


THe greatest power is to wise men due:
The pow'r of all men else to theirs being nought;
For wise men onely, what they will, can doe;
Because they will not doe; but, what they ought:
Such being their cariage, that their reason still
Directs their power: and informes their will.



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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