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Poem by Thomas Urquhart

Epigrams. The First Booke. № 19. Ingratitude is such a common vice, that even those who exclame most against it, are not freest of it

IT would not be an universall cace,
Nor could each man have so true cause to fall
In rayling 'gainst ingratitude; unlesse
There were some reason to complaine of all:
Thus, who have with unthankfulnesse beene met,
May from such dealing this instruction draw,
That if themselves did ever prove ingrate,
They get but justice from the Talion-Law,
To th'end they may from those their faults refraine,
Which they so ugly see in other men.

Thomas Urquhart

Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 9. That a courtesie ought to be conferred soone, and with a good will
  2. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 29. A truely liberall man never bestoweth his gifts, in hope of recompence
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 36. Of Death, and Sin
  4. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 40. Of wisedome, in speech, in action in reality, and reputation
  5. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 1. How to behave ones selfe in all occasions

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