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Francis Bacon (Фрэнсис Бэкон)


Life


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 his cradle, and brought up to years
      With cares and fears.
Who then to frail mortality shall trust
But limns on water, or but writes in dust.
  
Yet whilst with sorrow here we live opprest,
      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 foul 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 moan
      Or wish them gone:
What is it, then, to have, or have no wife,
But single thraldom, or a double strife?
  
Our own affections still at home to please
      Is a disease;
To cross the seas to any foreign soil,
      Peril 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
For being born, or, being born, to die?



Francis Bacon's other poems:
  1. Переложение XII ПсалмаThe Translation of the XIIth Psalm
  2. Переложение XC ПсалмаThe Translation of the XCth Psalm


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Brontё (Шарлотта Бронте) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley (Абрахам Каули) Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо) Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter (Брайан Проктер) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton (Эдит Уортон) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")

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