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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 - 164,498 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 - 1,000 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. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  3. 3. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  8. 8. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  9. 9. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  10. 10. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  11. 11. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  13. 13. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. 14. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  15. 15. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  17. 17. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  18. 18. How Life Is For Life (Tanka) , Muzahidul Reza
  19. 19. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. 20. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  21. 21. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
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  24. 24. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  25. 25. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  26. 26. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  27. 27. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. 28. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  31. 31. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
  32. 32. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  33. 33. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  34. 34. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  35. 35. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  36. 36. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
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  39. 39. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
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  41. 41. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  42. 42. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  43. 43. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  45. 45. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  46. 46. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  47. 47. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  48. 48. Life Goes On , Elizabeth Quinn
  49. 49. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  50. 50. Soon, O Ianthe! Life Is O'Er , Walter Savage Landor
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