Robert Bridges, ed. (18441930). The Spirit of Man: An Anthology. 1916.
From Essay II
Francis Bacon (15611626)
MEN1 fear Death as Children fear to go in the dark; And as that natural fear in Children is increased with Tales, so is the other. Certainly the contemplation of Death as the Wages of Sin, and passage to another World, is Holy and Religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto Nature, is weak. Yet in Religious Meditations there is sometimes mixture of vanity and superstition