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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 18. Of the covetous, and perverse inclinati∣on of the greatest part of Man∣kind


WHen profit goes with vertue, we respect her,
So that her very foot-steps we adore:
But if she walke alone, then we neglect her,
And will not wait upon her any more:
So basely 'gainst their consciences, most men
Descend from honour, to attend on gaine.



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 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
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good
  5. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents


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