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Poem by Thomas Urquhart

Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 39. One, who did extreamly regret, his bestowing of a great benefit vpon an ingrate man

BY giving moneyes to a thanklesse man,
You lost the matter of your benefit:
Page  57 But the best part thereof doth still remaine,
Which was your willingnesse in giving it;
For his repaying of your gratefull action,
Had made you gaine all, that you had received
And getting nought, you lacke not satisfaction;
It onely being, to give it, that you gave it;
Else in your gifts, a bargaine we should find:
And not the noble acts of a free mind.

Thomas Urquhart

Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 19. The Parallel of Nature, and For∣tune
  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 Third Booke. № 9. That a courtesie ought to be conferred soone, and with a good will
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 35. Wherein true Wealth consists
  5. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 27. The bad returnes of ingrate men should not deterre us from being liberall

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