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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. 15. To one of a great memory, but depraved life


Though many things your memory containe: 
	If by your mind, to matters it be led, 
Which are lesse profitable to retaine, 
	Then to commit toblivion, it is bad: 
And whatsoever arts it comprehend: 
	If it remember not on piety: 
Repentance for enormous sins: the end 
	Of life, Gods judgements, and his clemencie; 
Those necessary precepts while you lake, 
You but forget your selfe: and it is weake.



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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