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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 29. The firme, and determinate resolution of a couragious spirit, in the deepest calamities, inflicted by sinister fate


SEeing crosses cannot be evited, I'l
Expose my selfe to Fortune, as a Rock
Within the midst of a tempestuous Ocean:
So to gainstand the batt'ry of her spight,
That though jaile, sicknesse, poverty, exile
Assault me all, with each a grievous stroak
Of sev'rall misery, at the devotion
Of misadventure, ev'ry day, and night:
Yet with a mind, undanted all the while,
I will resist her blows, till they be broke
Jn the rebounding, and without commotion,
Till all her rage be spent, sustaine the fight:
So that she shall not b'able to subdue
One thought of mine, with all that she can doe;
For when sh'hath try'd her worst, I will not yeeld,
Nor let her thinke, that she hath gain'd the field.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents
  2. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 33. The onely true progresse to a blessed life
  3. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  4. 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
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good


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