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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:1982
AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:What then remains but that we still should cry
For being born, and, being born, to die? 1
ATTRIBUTION:The World.
 
Note 1.
This line frequently occurs in almost exactly the same shape among the minor poems of the time: “Not to be born, or, being born, to die.”—William Drummond: Poems, p. 44. Bishop King: Poems, etc. (1657), p. 145. [back]
 

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