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Part 3: Facing Life's Limitations

Part 3

Facing Life's Limitations

The King James Bible

from Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3

Psalm 23

Parable of the Prodigal Son
Spiritual lessons about life

Sir Francis Bacon

from Essays

Of Studies

Of Marriage and Single Life
Strong opinions about studies and marriage

John Donne

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Holy Sonnet 10

from Meditation 17
Love, death, and the unity of humankind

Robert Herrick

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Andrew Marvell

To His Coy Mistress

Richard Lovelace

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
Pursuing love and heeding honor

Omar Khayyám

from the Rubáiyát
Beauty, love, and fleeting time

John Milton

How Soon Hath Time

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

from Paradise Lost
Regrets, disappointments, and a cosmic struggle

Margaret Cavendish

Female Orations
Women debate important issues.

Amelia Lanier

from Eve's Apology in Defense of Women
Was it really Eve's fault?