Sir Francis Bacon

(1561 - 1626 / England)

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

  • Britte Ninad (8/17/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Superb mastermind writing of life (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (12/14/2017 5:27:00 AM)

    ''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'
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    ''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'
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Savin (8/16/2015 4:56:00 AM)

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

  • (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

Read all 6 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: husband, trust, city, sorrow, children, peace, water, home, sea, life, world, school, child, fear

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]