Francis Bacon and the Muse of Tragedy

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Geo. H. Ellis, Printer, 1898 - 24 pages
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Page 12 - It may also be asked (in the way of doubt rather than objection) whether I speak of natural philosophy only, or whether I mean that the other sciences, logic, ethics, and politics, should be carried on by this method. Now I certainly mean what I have said to be understood of them all...
Page 4 - Indeed this acroamatic or enigmatical method was itself used among the ancients, and employed with judgment and discretion. But in later times it has been disgraced by many, who have made it as a false and deceitful light to put forward their counterfeit merchandise. The intention of it however seems to be by obscurity of delivery to exclude the vulgar (that is the profane vulgar) from the secrets of knowledges, and to admit those only who have either received the interpretation of the enigmas through...
Page 12 - Of these the first is to set forth examples of inquiry and invention according to my method, exhibited by anticipation in some particular subjects ; choosing such subjects as are at once the most noble in themselves among those under inquiry, and most different one from another ; that there may be an example in every kind. I do not speak of those examples which are joined to the several precepts and rules by way of illustration (for of these I have given plenty in the second part of the work); but...
Page 5 - is this legitimate method ? Have done with artifice and circumlocution; show me the naked truth of your design, that I may be able to form a judgment for myself." I would, my dearest son, that matters were in such a state with you as to render this possible. Do you suppose that when all the entrances and passages to the minds of all men are infested and obstructed with the darkest idols, and these...
Page 8 - But when these Tabulae Inveniendi have been put forth and seen, he does not doubt that the more timid -wits will shrink almost in despair from imitating them -with similar productions with other materials or on other subjects ; and they will take so much delight in the specimen given that they will miss the precepts in it.
Page 12 - I mean actual types and models, by which the entire process of the mind and the whole fabric and order of invention from the * beginning to the end, in certain subjects, and those various and remarkable, should be set as it were before the eyes.
Page 12 - ... subjects, and those various and remarkable, should be set as it were before the eyes. For I remember that in the mathematics it is easy to follow the demonstration when you have a machine beside you ; whereas without that help all appears involved and more subtle than it really is. To examples of this kind, — being in fact nothing more than an application of the second part in detail and at large, — the fourth part of the work is devoted.
Page 2 - At present I will support the wishes of my impatient desire, with hope of seeing, one day, those [issues] which being committed to faithful privacy, wait the time till they may safely see the light, and not be stifled in their birth. I wish, in the mean time, I could have a sight of the copy of the Epistle to Sir Henry Savil, concerning the Helps of the Intellectual Powers: for I am persuaded, as to the other Latin remains, that I shall not obtain, for present use, the removal of them from the place...
Page 18 - In ancient Greece the goat was sacred to the drama. At every performance at the theatre, actors and even members of the chorus, wore goat-skins." The cornucopia;, probably the most familiar of all Masonic emblems, denote unending and exhaustless plenty. The Sphere that is depicted between the goats probably denotes universality. In Fig. 3 we see almost precisely the same...
Page 5 - ... in, as it were, into their substance, that clear and smooth spaces can be found for receiving the true and natural rays of objects? A new process must be instituted, by which to insinuate ourselves into minds so entirely obstructed. For as the delusions of the insane are removed by art and ingenuity, but aggravated by violence and opposition, so must we adapt ourselves here to the universal insanity.

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