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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 9. That a courtesie ought to be conferred soone, and with a good will


NO man will from his heart owe that, which was
Extorted by meere importunity,
Without regard of true desert; because
It seemes to have beene giv'n unwillingly:
Who distributes his benefits that way,
Needs not then wait for a gratification
From him, whom he hath dulled with delay,
And tortured with grievous expectation;
For we acknowledge gifts according to
Th'intent of him, who doth the same bestow.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 27. The bad returnes of ingrate men should not deterre us from being liberall
  2. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 8. The resolution of a proficient in vertue
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 28. That vertue is better, and more powerfull then Fortune
  4. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 5. A certaine ancient philosopher did hereby insi∣nuate, how necessary a thing the administrati∣on of iustice was: and to be alwaies vigilant in the judicious di∣stribution of punishment, and recompence
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 28. An encouragement to an impatient man in an Ague


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