.....but not in the eyes of God.
He died alone apart from a dedicated nurse who stayed with him that night to see him leave this life that he appeared so at odds with.
Yet, beneath an exterior of neglect and intemperance, lurked a God given talent for composing some of the most beautiful and deeply spiritual prose.
Born in Lancashire in 1859, his parents converted to Catholicism and young 'Frank' grew up in an intensely religious household.
Sent to Ushaw at the age of eleven, it appeared that young Francis was destined for the priesthood but, it seemed as if he did not fit in at school and he suffered bullying from his fellow classmates.
For whatever reason, his father decided, in the manner of most Victorian fathers, that his son was not suited to the priestly life and guided him to medical studies in the hopes that Francis would follow in his footsteps and become a doctor.
Sadly, this young, unkempt, outcast of a youth took to sampling medical drugs, specifically, laudanum.
This began his physical and mental downfall and, the final straw came when Francis sold his medical textbooks to fund his drug habit which had, by then, progressed to opium.
Francis was now on the road to perdition and began living rough on the streets of London.
Paradoxically, during this period, he wrote poetry on odd scraps of paper and began a series of failed attempts at rehabilitation.
A publisher who was also a Catholic, took an interest in this 'spectre' of a man (who had arrived on his doorstep wearing a ragged coat and minus shirt and socks) and even published some of his poetry resulting in a small income for the starving man.
He was sent to Storrington in Sussex to live with the Norbertines in the hope that his removal from London would break the drug habit and his association with the good Fathers would restore him spiritually.
But there was no stability in Francis and he was soon back in London and staying with the publisher, Wilfred Meynell who made a second attempt to redeem him by sending him to the Francisans in Pantasaph in North Wales.
Here, at last, Francis seemed to find an uneasy peace and he stayed for five years during which he had his first book of poetry published.
In true form, however, he returned to London where he took on the appearance of a living skeleton.
Falling ill he was admitted to the Catholic St John's and Elizabeth's Hospital where he died shortly afterwards.
Most Catholics know him for his famous poem 'The Hound of Heaven' but Francis Thompson wrote many more excellent poems, some, admittedly rather Victorian in terms of flowery prose.
'The Kingdom of God' is arguably his next best appreciated poem (see the video below) but I also like 'A Holocaust' because the language used is most graphic.
And for those who do not know the meaning of the word 'caitiff' - as did I, it means a cowardly person.