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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 19. The Parallel of Nature, and For∣tune


A Fly, which is a despicable creature
Obtaines, beside her wings, six feet from Nature:
Yet foure feet onely, she is pleas'd to grant
To the huge body of an Elephant:
So Fortune doth withdraw her gifts from some,
Whose real worth surpasseth theirs, on whom
She hath bestowed them, as forcibly,
As Elephants in strenth exceed a fly.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 36. Of Death, and Sin
  2. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 33. That there is no true riches, but of necessary things
  3. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 43. That inconveniences ought to be regarded to before hand
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 41. Concerning those, who marry for beauty, and wealth without regard of vertue
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 26. How to support the contumelie of defamatorie speeches


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