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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good


NOT onely are they good, who vertuously,
Employ their time (now vertue being so rare)
But likewise those, whom no necessity,
Nor force can in the meanest vice insnare;
For sin's so mainly further'd by the Devill,
That 'tis a sort of good, to doe no evill.



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 Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents
  4. 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
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 22. Why covetous, and too ambitious men prove not so thankfull, as others for received favours


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