Sir John Davies

(1569-1626 / England)

Man - Poem by Sir John Davies

I KNOW my soul hath power to know all things,
Yet she is blind and ignorant in all:
I know I'm one of Nature's little kings,
Yet to the least and vilest things am thrall.

I know my life 's a pain and but a span;
I know my sense is mock'd in everything;
And, to conclude, I know myself a Man--
Which is a proud and yet a wretched thing.

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  • (8/27/2007 8:10:00 PM)

    This is a very good 17th Century poem written by a contemporary of Francis Bacon and typical of it's time. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

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