The Famous Historie of Fryer Bacon, Volume 1

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Edmund Goldsmid
Priv. Print., 1886 - 48 pages

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Page 25 - England, bethought himselfe how he might keepe it hereafter from the like conquests, and so make himselfe famous hereafter to all posterities. This (after great study) hee found could be no way so well done as one; which was to make a head of brasse, and if he could make this head to speake (and heare it when it speakes) then might hee be able to wall all England about with brasse.
Page 5 - THE FAMOUS HISTORIE OF FRYER BACON, containing the wonderfull things that he did in his life : also the manner of his death, with the lives and deaths of the two conjurers, Bungye and Vandermast.
Page 17 - ... deserved a greater penance then one dayes fast in a whole weeke: his maister commended him for it, and bid him take heed that he did not...
Page 10 - ... likely to prove a very great clerke : hereat old Bacon was not well pleased (for he desired to bring him up to plough and to the cart, as hee himselfe was brought)) yet he for reverence sake to the priest, shewed not his anger, but kindly thanked him for his paines and counsell, yet desired him not to speake any more concerning that matter ; for hee knew best what best pleased himselfe, and that he would doe : so broke they off their talke, and parted. So soone as the old man came home, he called...
Page 26 - ... if they heard it not before it had done speaking all their labour should be lost ; they, being satisfied, licensed the spirit for to depart. " Then went these two learned...
Page 34 - ... unspeakable force, without any living creature to stirre them. Likewise, an instrument may be made to fly withall, if one sit in the midst of the instrument, and doe turne an engine, by which the wings being artificially composed, may beat the ayre after the manner of a flying bird.
Page 28 - ... watch the brasen head : Miles, to keepe him from sleeping, got a tabor and pipe, and being merry disposed, sung this song to a Northren tune: OF CAM'ST THOU NOT FROM NEW-CASTLE.
Page 30 - After halfe an houre had passed, the head did speake againe, two words, which were these: TIME wAS. Miles respected these words as little as he did the former, and would not wake them, but still scoffed at the brazen head, that it had learned no better words, and have such a tutor as his master : and in scorne of it sung this song. TO THE TUNE OF A RICH MERCHANT MAN.
Page 21 - ... in his minde, at last he fully resolved to end his wretched life by some violent death, and to that end he went forth thinking to kill himselfe, which he had done, had it not beene for the Fryer : for as he was falling upon his sword, Fryer Bacon came by and called to him to hold, which he did. Fryer Bacon demanded of him the cause why he was so desperate that he would run headlong to hell ? O sir, said he, the cause is great, and the relation is so terrible to me, that I would intreat you not...
Page 45 - IT was reported about the countrey how that the king had given Fryer Bacon great store of treasure. The report of this wealth made three theeves plot to rob Fryer Bacons house, which they put in practise one evening in this fashion. They knockt at the doore and were let in by Miles: No sooner were they in, but they took hold of him, and led him into the house, and finding Fryer Bacon there, they told him that they came for some money, which they must and would have ere they departed from thence....

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