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Thomas Urquhart (Томас Эркарт)


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 18. Not time, but our actions, are the true measure of our life


THat life is short, which measur'd by the span
Of time hath been of vertuous actions scant:
And one day's longer in a learned man,
Then twenty Lusters of an ignorant;
For life is good, and 'tis the quality
Of goodnesse, that extends its quantity.



Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 9. To one, who did glory too much in the faire, and durable fabrick of a gorgious Palace, which he had caused lately to be built
  2. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 6. That overweening impedeth oftentimes the per∣fectioning of the very same qualitie, wee are proudest of
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 22. A Counsell to be provident, and circumspect in all our actions, without either cowardise, or temeritie
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  5. 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


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