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LADY ELIZABETH CAREW (CARY OR CAREY)
English writer
(fl. 1590)

And 'tis not sure so full a benefit
  Freely to give as freely to require.
    A bounteous act hath glory following it,
      They cause the glory that the act desire.
      - [Benevolence]

But if for wrongs we needs revenge must have,
  Then be our vengeance of the noblest kind:
    Do we his body from our fury save,
      And let our hate prevail against his mind?
        What can 'gainst him a greater vengeance be,
          Than make his foe more worthy far than he.
      - [Revenge]

The fairest action of our human life
  Is scorning to revenge an injury;
    For who forgives without a further strife,
      His adversary's heart to him doth tie:
        And 'tis a firmer conquest, truly said,
          To win the heart than overthrow the head.
      - Chorus from "Maxiam" [Forgiveness]

Oh, how you wrong our friendship, valiant youth.
  With friends there is not such a word as debt:
    Where amity is ty'd with band of truth,
      All benefits are there in common set.
      - Marian [Friendship]


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