^{1}

Within the head of man’s a circle round

Of Honesty, in which no end^{2} is found.

Some think it fit this circle should be squared,^{3}

Though to make Honesty take sides is hard.^{4}

Prudence and Temperance as two lines^{5} take; 5

With Fortitude and Justice, four will^{6} make.

If Temperance do prove too short a line,^{7}

Then do the figure of Discretion join;^{8}

Let^{9} Wisdom’s point draw up Discretion’s figure,^{10}

That make two equal lines joined both together.^{11} 10

Betwixt the line Temperance and Justice,^{12} Truth must point;

Justice’s line draw down to Fortitude,^{13} that corner joint.

Of Fortitude, which line do make agree^{14}

With Prudence; Temperance must also be^{15}

Of equal length with Justice; both must stand^{16} 15

’Twixt Fortitude and Prudence on each hand.^{17}

At every corner must a point be laid,

Where every line that meets, an angle’s made.^{18}

And when those^{19} points too high or low do fall,

Then must the lines be stretched, to make them^{20} all 20

Even. And^{21} thus the circle round, you’ll find,

Is squared with the four virtues of the mind.

- In 1653 this poem is called “The Squaring of the Circle”
- in which no end] no
*Ends*in it 1653 - Some think it fit this circle should be squared,] To
*Square*this*Circle*many think it fit, 1653 - Though to make Honesty take sides is hard.] But
*Sides*to take without*Ends*, hard is it. 1653 - Prudence and Temperance as two lines] Yet try, do
*Fortitude*and*Prudence*1664; Yet try; and*Fortitude*and*Prudence*1668 - With Fortitude and Justice, four will]
*Justice*and*Temperance*, four*Lines*they 1664, 1668 - If Temperance do prove too short a line,] If th’
*Line*of*Temperance*doth prove too short, 1653 - Then do the figure of Discretion join;] Then add a
*Figure*of a*discreet Thought*; 1653 - Let] Which 1664; With 1668
- Discretions figure,] and you will find 1664, 1668
- That make two equal lines joined both together.] Them make an
*even Line*, when well Combin’d; 1664; Them make an*even Line*, when well combin’d: 1668 - Betwixt the line Temperance and Justice,] ’Twixt
*Fortitude*and*Prudence*1664, 1668 - draw down to Fortitude,] towards 1664, 1668
- Of Fortitude, which line do make agree] Then
*Fortitude*must draw in equall length, 1653 - With Prudence; Temperance must also be] To
*Prudence Line*,*Temperance*must give the breadth. 1653 - Of equal length with Justice; both must stand] And
*Temperance*with*Justice Line*must run, yet stand 1653 - ’Twixt Fortitude and Prudence on each hand.] Betwixt
*Prudence*and*Fortitude*, of either hand. 1653 - Where every line that meets, an angle’s made.] Where
*Lines*do meet, that*Angles*may be made, 1664; Where*Lines*do meet, that*Angles*may be made: 1668 - those] the 1653
- to make them] to mak’t even 1653
- Even. And] And 1653