Life A Bane



What course of life should wretched mortals take?

In courts hard questions large contention make:

Care dwells in houses, labor in the field,

Tumultuous seas affrighting dangers yield.

In foreign lands thou never canst be blessed;

If rich, thou art in fear; if poor, distressed.

In wedlock frequent discontentments swell;

Unmarried persons as in deserts dwell.

How many troubles are with children born;

Yet he that wants them counts himself forlorn.

Young men are wanton, and of wisdom void;

Gray hairs are cold, unfit to be employed.

Who would not one of these two offers choose,

Not to be born, or breath with speed to lose?

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