I know my soul hath power to know all things
Yet is she 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;
I know my sense is mock’d in ev’ry thing:
And to conclude, I know myself a man
Which is a proud, and yet a wretched thing

– John Davies, 1569 – 1626 — …Masterpieces of Religious Verses, J.D. Morrison
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