I need a summary of what the poem "Help Lord" by Francis Bacon.

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The poem "Help Lord" by Francis Bacon contains, at least in one defensible interpretation, the author's call for God to intervene in the world where increasing numbers of humans routinely lie and deceive in their own self-interest.

The writer is calling for the Lord's help, and the writer also comments on the Lord's actions going forward. These few lines are case in point:

Now for the bitter sighing of the poor,
The lord hath said, I will no more forbear,
The wicked's kingdom to invade and scour,
And set at large the men restrain'd in fear.

Those lines seem to suggest that the Lord is no longer going to prevent the wretched poor from taking what they need from the wealth (the kingdom) of those who are indifferent and wicked.

One interpretation could then be that the Lord is responding, or will soon be responding, to people's cries for help.

In the next stanza Bacon also refers to "the righteous man" whom hopefully will be protected despite and against the "force and wiles" (wiles meaning the trickery) of the wicked. In the same stanza, Bacon also reiterates that it is time that the Lord "didst draw nigh" -- that is, come near and help -- because the "wicked daily do enlarge their bands," meaning the wicked are growing in numbers and wickedness in gaining strength. Again, the author is entreating or imploring the Lord to help combat this deception and self-aggrandizing perfidy on earth.

 

Here's a URL with the text of the poem:

 

http://hellopoetry.com/poem/66611/help-lord/

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