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JOHN OWEN ("BRITISH MARTIAL")
Welsh epigrammatist
(1560 - 1622)

Sir Drake whom well the world's end knew
  Which thou did'st compass round,
    And whom both Poles of heaven once saw
      Which North and South do bound,
        The stars above would make thee known,
          If men here silent were;
            The sun himself cannot forget
              His fellow traveller.
      - epigram on Sir Francis Drake, pt. II, 39 of first volume dedicated to Lady Mary Neville
        [Epigrams]

God and the Doctor we alike adore
  But only when in danger, not before;
    The danger o'er, both are alike requited,
      God is forgotten, and the Doctor slighted.
      - Epigram [Forgetfulness]

I wish thy lot, now bad, still worse, my friend,
  For when at worst, they say, things always mend.
      - To a Friend in Distress,
        (Cowper's translation) [Fortune]

This day was yesterday to-morrow nam'd:
  To-morrow shall be yesterday proclaimed:
    To-morrow not yet come, not far away,
      What shall to-morrow then be call'd? To-day.
      - To-Day and To-Morrow (bk. III, 50)
        [Tomorrow]

All thing I thought I knew; but now confess
  The more I know I know, I know the less.
      - Works (bk. VI, 39) [Knowledge]


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