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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 18. Not time, but our actions, are the true measure of our life


THat life is short, which measur'd by the span
Of time hath been of vertuous actions scant:
And one day's longer in a learned man,
Then twenty Lusters of an ignorant;
For life is good, and 'tis the quality
Of goodnesse, that extends its quantity.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 23. Of foure things, in an epalleled way vanquished each by other
  2. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 7. To one, who seemed to be grievously discontented with his poverty
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 10. The best wits, once depraved, become the most impious
  4. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 19. The Parallel of Nature, and For∣tune
  5. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 7. That men are not destitute of remedies, within them∣selves against the shrewdest accidents, that can befall them


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