Letters of S[i]r Francis Bacon ... Written During the Reign of King James the First

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Benj. Tooke, 1702 - Great Britain - 302 pages

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Page 251 - The next, that, after this example, it is like that judges will fly from any thing that is in the likeness of corruption (though it were at a great distance) as from a serpent...
Page li - Saw it himself, and shew'd us it. But life did never to one man allow Time to discover worlds and conquer too ; Nor can so short a line sufficient be To fathom the vast depths of Nature's sea. The work he did we ought t' admire ; And were unjust if we should more require From his few years, divided 'twixt th...
Page 249 - I hope I shall not be found to have the troubled fountain of a corrupt heart, in a depraved habit of taking rewards to pervert justice ; howsoever I may be frail, and partake of the abuses of the times.
Page 267 - These examples confirmed me much in a resolution, whereunto I was otherwise inclined, to spend my time wholly in writing ; and to put forth that poor talent, or half talent, or what it is, that God hath given me, not as heretofore to particular exchanges, but to banks, or mounts of perpetuity, which will not break.
Page 269 - I am not ignorant that those kind of writings would, with less pains and embracement, perhaps, yield more lustre and reputation to my name than those other which I have in hand. But I account the use that a man should seek of the publishing of his own writings before his death, to be but an untimely anticipation of that which is proper to follow a man, and not to go along with him.
Page l - I shall only mention one great Man, who had the true Imagination of the whole extent of this Enterprise, as it is now set on foot; and that is, the Lord Bacon.
Page 248 - It may please Your Most Excellent Majesty, time hath been when I have brought unto you gemitum columbee from others; now I bring it from myself. I fly unto Your Majesty with the wings of a dove, which once within these seven days I thought would have carried me a higher flight. "When I enter into myself I find not the materials of such a tempest as is comen upon me. I have been, as Your Majesty knoweth best, never author of any immoderate counsel, but always desired to have things carried suavibus...
Page 280 - I desire not from your Majesty means, nor place, nor employment, but only, after so long a time of expiation, a complete and total remission of the sentence of the Upper House, to the end that blot of ignominy may be removed from me, and from my memory with posterity; that I die not a condemned man, but may be to your Majesty, as I am to God, nova creatura.
Page lxiv - it is as true as a 'thing that God knoweth, that this great change hath wrought ' in me no other change towards your Lordship than this, that I ' may safely be that to you now which I was truly before.
Page 199 - I see the image of some ancient virtue, and not any thing of these times. It is the line of my life, and not the lines of my letter, that must express my thankfulness : wherein if I fail, then God fail me, and make me as miserable as I think myself at this time happy by this reviver, through his Majesty's singular clemency, and your incomparable love and favour.

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