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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


VErtue, not blood was thought of anciently;
Yet blood, more then our vertue ought to please us:
For we on blood, not vertue should rely;
Not on our vertue: but the blood of Iesus,
His blood being able to make heavenly Kings;
Of men, plagu'd here for lacke of Earthly things.



Thomas Urquhart


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  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 12. That the most solid gaine of any, is in the action of ver∣tue, all other emoluments, how lucrative they so ever appeare to the covetous mind, being the chiefest precipitating pushes of humane frailty to an inevitable losse
  2. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 6. That overweening impedeth oftentimes the per∣fectioning of the very same qualitie, wee are proudest of
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 16. That the most of our contentment, while we are upon the earth, consisteth rather in Negatives, as not to be perplexed with ment all perturbations, outward diseases, and other such like life-tormen∣ting crosses, then in the reall fruition of any positive delight, that can befall vs
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 20. Riches affoord to vertue more matter to worke upon, then povertie can doe
  5. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 30. That the setled quiet of our mind ought not to be moved at sinister accidents


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