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Poem by Thomas Urquhart

Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 26. Consolation to a poore man

THat you are poore, it should not much disheart you;
For povertie securely keepes your house
From theeves, & Robbers: and makes roome to vertue,
By banishing of pride, and the abuse
Of riches: the losse thereof, and feare of losse,
Surfets, and vices, that prejudge the health:
Which being shut out of doores, strive to compose
Your mind to quietnesse, more worth, then wealth;
For without wealth you may have happinesse:
But not without tranquillitie, and ease.

Thomas Urquhart

Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 40. Of wisedome, in speech, in action in reality, and reputation
  2. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 21. To one, who did confide too much in the sound temperament, and goodly constitution of his bodily complexion
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 9. That a courtesie ought to be conferred soone, and with a good will
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 18. That we ought not to be sorie at the losse of worldly goods
  5. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 26. The vertuous speech of a diseased man, most patient in his sicknesse

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