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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 14. That a truly generous mind, had rather give a curtesie, then be resting one, after the presented opportunity to repay it


AS stil a greater care doth men possesse,
To keepe things well, then freely to bestowe them:
So to a noble spirit it is lesse
Laborious to giue benefites, then owe them:
In whom brave actions are more naturall,
Then to the flame to mount, or earth to fall.



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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