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Poem by Thomas Urquhart


Epigrams. The First Booke. № 20. Of Negative, and Positive good


NOT onely are they good, who vertuously,
Employ their time (now vertue being so rare)
But likewise those, whom no necessity,
Nor force can in the meanest vice insnare;
For sin's so mainly further'd by the Devill,
That 'tis a sort of good, to doe no evill.



Thomas Urquhart


Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 35. To a Gentleman, who was extreamly offen∣ded at the defamatory speeches of a base detractor
  2. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 42. The deserved mutability in the condition of too ambitious men
  3. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 26. The vertuous speech of a diseased man, most patient in his sicknesse
  4. Epigrams. The Second Booke. № 35. How deplorable the condition of most men is, who, though they attaine to the fruition of their praete∣rit projects, by covering neverthelesse the possession of future pleasures, honours, and commodities, never receive con∣tentment (is they ought) in the present time
  5. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 30. That nothing more opposeth the tranquillity of life, which is proper, and peculiar to Wise-men, then to be tyed to a generality of publicke example in all our actions


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