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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Man
By Sir John Davies (1570–1626)
 
I KNOW my soul hath power to know all things,
Yet she is blind and ignorant in all:
I know I’m 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;        5
I know my sense is mock’d in everything;
And, to conclude, I know myself a Man—
Which is a proud and yet a wretched thing.
 
 
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