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Francis Bacon and His Secret Society
by Constance M Pott
Binding: Hardcover, 421 pages
Publisher: Ams Pr Inc
Weight: 1.05 pound
Dimension: H: 1.25 x L: 7.25 x W: 5.25 inches
ISBN 10: 0404050964
ISBN 13: 9780404050962
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. Tbancis Bacon: An Outline Op His Life And Aims. ' All is not in years to me; somewhat is in hours well spent.' Promui. 'Tot hath Sir Proteus, for that's his name, Hade uao and fair advantage of his days; His head uiunollow'd, but his judgment ripe.' Two Genlkmen of Verona, ii. 4. M4NY and various opinions have been expressed in modern times concerning Francis Bacon, and the motives and aims supposed to have influenced his course and actions in public capacities. We may snfely pass by these phases of his wonderful career, so carefully and devotedly recorded in the calm pages of James Spedding, 1 and will for the present consider the personality and life of Bacon from two different aspects: first, as the poet; secondly, as the most ardent promoter, if not the founder, of a vast secret society, destined to create a complete reformation in learning, science, literature, and religion itself, throughout the whole wide world. In the lively works of Hepworth Dixon, and in scattered episodes in Spedding's Life of Bacon, we get occasional peeps behind the scene. But, in the last named work especially, it appears as if we were not meant to do so. The facts that Bacon in his youth ' masked and mummed,' and led the revels at Gray's Inn; that throughout his life he was appealed to on all great occasions to write witty speeches for others to deliver at the gorgeous ' entertainments ' which were the fashion of the day (and in which, doubtless, ho took a leading part, in the background); that he and his brother Anthony, who was living with him in 1594,actually removed from their lodgings in Gray's Inn to a house in Bishopsgate Street, in the immediate neighborhood of The Bulllnn, where plays and interludes were acted. These and many such important factors in his priv...


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