Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye,
consumest thy self in single life?
Ah, if thou
issue less shalt hap to die, The
world will wail thee like a mateless wife, The
world will be thy widow and still weep,
That thou no
form of thee hast left behind,
private widow well may keep,
childrens eyes- her husbands shape in mind:
Look what an
unthrift in the world doth spend
Shifts but his
place, for still the world enjoys it
waste hath in the world an end,
unused-the user so destroys it:
No love toward
others in that bosom sits,
himself such murderous shame commits.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-the
world, the world, the world, the world, the world, widow,
2nd Line. This means by means of celibacy.
14th Line. Murderous shame is shameful murder.
"Alls well that ends well ", Act 1, Scene 1. " He
that hangs himself is a virgin-virginity murders
Here Bacon asks Herbert if he has remained single
he did not wish to have a widow who would weep for him when
he died. That if he died without issue the world would
for him like a mateless wife (a widow) who has been left
children. That a widow would be able to keep her husband
in mind if she had his children. That what an unthrift
prodigal) spends, shifts (evades) his position but the waste
beauty comes to an end and that if beauty is not used-it is
destroyed and the man who destroys it has no love for others.