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Thomas Urquhart (Томас Эркарт)

Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 36. Of Death, and Sin

Bodies, which lack the soules, did them inform,
Turn'd to corruption, lose their former grace:
And out of hearts corrupted breeds a worme
Still gnawing upon guilty Consciences.
As from deceased bodies, Death withdrawes
The living soules, another life t'enjoy:
So sinne, contrary to the divine Lawes,
In living bodies doth the soule destroy.
Death is not vanquish'd till the Resurrection
Of bodies, testifie the soules conjunction
And by Regeneration, sin's infection
Is buri'd in a mortifi'd compunction;
Lesse then is death, then sinne: the tomb, then hell:
The more that soules the bodies doe excell.

Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 33. That there is no true riches, but of necessary things
  2. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 26. How to support the contumelie of defamatorie speeches
  3. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 38. The truest wealth, man hath it from himselfe
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 15. To a certain lady of a most exquisit feature, and comely presentation: but who gloried too much in the deceitfull excellencie of these fading, and perishable qualities
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 25. Vertue, and goodnesse are very much opposed by the selfe-conceit, that many men have of their owne sufficiencie

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