Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

Guiltless Heart - Poem by Sir Francis Bacon

The man of life upright, whose guiltless heart is free
From all dishonest deeds and thoughts of vanity:
The man whose silent days in harmless joys are spent,
Whom hopes cannot delude, nor fortune discontent;
That man needs neither towers nor armor for defense,
Nor secret vaults to fly from thunder's violence:
He only can behold with unaffrighted eyes
The horrors of the deep and terrors of the skies;
Thus scorning all the care that fate or fortune brings,
He makes the heaven his book, his wisdom heavenly things;
Good thoughts his only friends, his wealth a well-spent age,
The earth his sober inn and quiet pilgrimage.

Comments about Guiltless Heart by Sir Francis Bacon

  • Rookie Susan Freeman (11/5/2015 11:39:00 AM)

    Just so. Reeks of doggerel. He would have done well at Hallmark. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie June Bugg (3/4/2012 8:58:00 AM)

    this guy didn't write Shakespeare. this proves it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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