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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 26. The vertuous speech of a diseased man, most patient in his sicknesse


MY flesh still having beene an enemy
Unto my spirit, it should glad my heart,
That paines, which seize now on my body, may
Be profitable to my better part;
For though Diseases seeme at first unpleasant,
They point us out the way, we ought to goe:
Admonish us exactly of our present
Estate: and t'us at last this favour shew,
That they enlarge us from that ruinous,
Close, and darke prison, which confined us.



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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