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Poem by Thomas Urquhart

Epigrams. The First Booke. № 29. The firme, and determinate resolution of a couragious spirit, in the deepest calamities, inflicted by sinister fate

SEeing crosses cannot be evited, I'l
Expose my selfe to Fortune, as a Rock
Within the midst of a tempestuous Ocean:
So to gainstand the batt'ry of her spight,
That though jaile, sicknesse, poverty, exile
Assault me all, with each a grievous stroak
Of sev'rall misery, at the devotion
Of misadventure, ev'ry day, and night:
Yet with a mind, undanted all the while,
I will resist her blows, till they be broke
Jn the rebounding, and without commotion,
Till all her rage be spent, sustaine the fight:
So that she shall not b'able to subdue
One thought of mine, with all that she can doe;
For when sh'hath try'd her worst, I will not yeeld,
Nor let her thinke, that she hath gain'd the field.

Thomas Urquhart

Thomas Urquhart's other poems:
  1. Epigrams. The Third Booke. № 1. How to behave ones selfe in all occasions
  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 Second Booke. № 18. That we ought not to be sorie at the losse of worldly goods
  4. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 25. Vertue, and goodnesse are very much opposed by the selfe-conceit, that many men have of their owne sufficiencie
  5. Epigrams. The First Booke. № 38. How Fortune oftentimes most praeposterously pond'ring the aections of men, with a great deale of injustice bestoweth her favours

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