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The Life Of Man

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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?

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Irving Montero 28 December 2004

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

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Valentin Savin 16 August 2015

It has some truth, but not all. It it were so we should fall.

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M Asim Nehal 10 December 2016

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

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Joshua Aaron Guillory 14 December 2017

''The life of man is threescore years and ten, ?Or, if that he be strong, perhaps fourscore; Yet all things are but labour to him then, ?New sorrows still come on, pleasures no more. ?Why should there be such turmoil and such strife, ?To spin in length this feeble line of life? '' - Sir Francis Bacon, 'Translation of Certain Psalms into English Verse'

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Joshua Aaron Guillory 14 December 2017

''A soldier's a man; A life's but a span.'' - William Shakespeare, 'Othello' ''The world's a bubble, and the life of man Less than a span.'' - Sir Francis Bacon, 'Translation of Greek Epigram into English Verse'

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Chinedu Dike 02 September 2021

A profound philosophical reflection nicely brought forth with conviction. A beautiful work of art...

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Dr Dillip K Swain 10 May 2021

Sir, your ink on essays of varied subjects are timeless. However, you are great poet as well. This is indeed a beautiful poem.5 stars

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Kumarmani Mahakul 03 December 2019

The life of man less than a span like a bubble of water. This poem of the day is very nice definitely. An excellent sharing is done here.10

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Jennifer 03 December 2019

A bit of light poetry.

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Savita Tyagi 03 December 2019

So pessimistic! There is no end to misery once we start counting.....

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