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The Life Of Man - Poem by Sir Francis Bacon

The world's a bubble; and the life of man less than a span.
In his conception wretched; from the womb so to the tomb:
Curst from the cradle, and brought up to years, with cares and fears.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust,
But limns the water, or but writes in dust.
Yet, since with sorrow here we live oppress'd, what life is best?
Courts are but only superficial schools to dandle fools:
The rural parts are turn'd into a den of savage men:
And where's a city from all vice so free,
But may be term'd the worst of all the three?

Domestic cares afflict the husband's bed, or pains his head:
Those that live single, take it for a curse, or do things worse:
Some would have children; those that have them none; or wish them gone.
What is it then to have no wife, but single thralldom or a double strife?
Our own affections still at home to please, is a disease:
To cross the sea to any foreign soil, perils and toil:
Wars with their noise affright us: when they cease,
We are worse in peace:
What then remains, but that we still should cry,
Not to be born, or being born, to die.


Comments about The Life Of Man by Sir Francis Bacon

  • Gold Star - 162,378 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2016 5:01:00 AM)

    Indeed the lie of this world is very small and we plan to make permanent house here.... (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 801 Points Valentin Savin (8/16/2015 4:56:00 AM)

    It has some truth, but not all. It it were so we should fall. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Irving Montero (12/28/2004 7:12:00 PM)

    This is such a nice poem, it's a portrait of anyone's life! I love it! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

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  2. 2. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  3. 3. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  4. 4. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  5. 5. A Life-Lesson , James Whitcomb Riley
  6. 6. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  7. 7. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. What Is Life? , John Clare
  10. 10. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  12. 12. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
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  14. 14. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  15. 15. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  17. 17. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  18. 18. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  19. 19. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  21. 21. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. 22. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  23. 23. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  24. 24. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
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  29. 29. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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  31. 31. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  32. 32. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  34. 34. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
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  37. 37. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
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  46. 46. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
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  49. 49. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
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