Snapshots from Green Victoria (tedwords) wrote,
Snapshots from Green Victoria
tedwords

I know my body's of so frail a kind
As forces without, fevers within, can kill;
I know the heavenly nature of my mind,
But 'tis corrupted both in wit and will;

I know my soul hath power to know all things,
Yet is she blind and ignorant in all;
I know I am 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 mocked with everything;
And to conclude, I know myself a man,
Which is a proud and yet a wretched thing.

Sir John Davies, Nosce Teipsum (1599)
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