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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


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


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 1. How to behave ones selfe in all occasions
  2. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 31. As it was a precept of antiquity, to leane more to vertue, then parentage: so is it a tenet of christianity, to repose more trust on the blood of christ, then our owne merits
  3. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 18. That we ought not to be sorie at the losse of worldly goods
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 25. Vertue, and goodnesse are very much opposed by the selfe-conceit, that many men have of their owne sufficiencie
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 38. How Fortune oftentimes most praeposterously pond'ring the aections of men, with a great deale of injustice bestoweth her favours


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