There is a
little book with this title containing 154 Sonnets
dealing with a number of different
subjects. The Stratfordians say that these Sonnets
were written by Will Shakspere of Stratford,but they
offer no explanation of the fact that Shakspere has
changed his name from Shakspere to Shake-spear. The
name Shake-spear is not the name of any person but
is a "nom-de-plume" derived from the Greek goddess
Pallas Athene, who in statuary art is depicted as
holding a spear striking at a serpent representing
ignorance. These Sonnets are
autobiographic and are a poetical record of the feelings
and experiences of the man who wrote them. We find
in these Sonnets direct and emphatic allusions to the
life of the author but they cannot be
reconciled with any known account of the life of Will
Shakspere. It is quite clear that these Sonnets are
telling us a story of some sort, staring us in the face
if we could only see it. These Sonnets are the
keys to unlock the great secret of the true
authorship which has to be discovered. If the
greatest problem in literature is
the authorship of the Shakspeare plays and
poems-then the greatest mystery
is the riddle of Shakespear's Sonnets.
The words on the title page of this book are as
before imprinted-at London- by G. Eld for T.T.
and are to be solde by John Wright dwelling at Christ
Church Gate 1609."
In the middle of this title page is a
blank space between two lines. If
Shakspere wrote these Sonnets, we would naturally expect
that his name would appear on the title page or at any
rate that the publisher, in order to sell this
book to the public, would have added a note that the
Sonnets were the work of Shakspere, the author of the
celebrated plays. At the bottom of this title page
is the number 1609. If this is supposed to represent the
year when the Sonnets were published then it is a false
date for the following reasons:
1. In 1609 anything written by Shakespeare
was in great demand
-the quartos of the plays were reprinted over and
If these Sonnets had been published in
1609 then there
would have been so great a demand for the work of a
writer like Shakspere that this book of Sonnets would
reprinted again and again. Why was it not
it was not originally printed in 1609. The absence
is a problem which has never been explained by the
Even J. M. Robertson admitted this when he wrote: " it
to the sonnet age-its failure to reach a second edition
an explanation that has not yet been forthcoming
explanation is given above.
2. There is absolutely no mention of the Sonnets
as a complete
body of verse or any phrase or quotation in letters,
printed book or pamphlet between the years 1609 and 1624,
period of 15 years. This book was not seen by the
until 1640, when an edition was printed, 31 years after
3. In 1609 Shakspere, born in 1564, would be 45
Then in the prime of life-a successful man, wealthy
owner of the largest house in Stratford, with no
far as we know. How could he at this age have
written a number
of Sonnets which have all the characteristics of old
In Sonnet No.63 we read: "As I am now
with times injurious
hand crushed and oer worn." How could Shakspere at the
of 45 describe himself as crushed by time and worn
In Sonnet No. 30 we read: " When in the sessions
silent thought I summon up remembrance of things
can I drown an eye for precious friends hid
in death's dateless
night." It is clear that this Sonnet was written by
near the close of life. How could Shakspere
write that at the
age of 45, he had lost all his friends who were then
In Sonnet No.51 we read: "No longer mourn for me
am dead." The man who wrote this Sonnet was clearly
one who owing to length of years was nearing
death. How could
Shakspere at the age of 45 write that he thought that he
shortly die and tell his friends not to mourn for
In Sonnet No.73 we read:
"That time of
year-thou may'st in me behold,
leaves, or none, or few do hang
boughs which shake against the cold,
choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou
seest the twilight of such day
sunset fadeth in the west,
thou seest the glowing of such fire.
That on the
ashes of his youth doth lie.
death bed whereon it must expire."
The man who wrote this Sonnet tells us that he had
the age of the sere and yellow leaf that he was
sunset of his life and that the ashes
of his youth were expiring
on the death bed of his old age.
We see the words-in me, in me, in me, which shows
is the writer of this Sonnet and that therefore this
not have been written by Shakspere at the age of 45 when
was only in middle age. These quotations prove that
Sonnets were not published in 1609.
4. That there was neither printed nor
published any book
entitled Shake-spear's Sonnets in 1609 is also proved by
fact that there is no reference to this book by any
commentator between the years 1609 and 1640 when John
Benson published these Sonnets under the title of
Printed at London
by Tho. Cotes and
be sold by John Benson dwelling in
Dunstan's Churchyard 1640.
So that for a period of 31 years-
there is no record of this book.
Between the years 1640 and 1766, a
period of 126 years, there is
still no mention of the quarto-in 1766
reprinted " Shake-spear's Sonnets from a copy published
G. Eld". Note this is the first mention of
the 1609 quarto in
English Literature-156 years after its
alleged publication. There
was never a whisper during this period of 156 years that
a book had been published in the lifetime of the
If it had been published in Shakspere's lifetime it would
been known to the public and would have been referred to
read by people interested in the "Shakespeare" plays.
5. The Scotch poet and sonneteer-Drummond of
thornden, a close friend of Ben Johnson in 1614-prepared
list of all the books in his library which he had
acquired up to
that date. If the 1609 quarto had been publicly on
five years prior to the date when he made this list-it is
believable that he did not acquire a copy of this
book of sonnets
to add to his library. This is evidence that he had
heard of this book so it could not have been in print at
that he made the list of his books.
6. The Stratfordians say that the Sonnets were
1609. How do they account for the fact that this
sonnets contains distinct references to public incidents
occurred in 1620-21-four years after Shakspere's death,
proves that the author could not have been Shakspere.
One of the difficulties encountered when trying to
mystery of the Sonnets is that the Stratfordian
critics when they
come across anything thay they do not understand, ignore
entirely. They are so obsessed with the idea that
wrote the Sonnets that when they are not able to connect
Sonnets with any incident in the life of Shakespere, they
completely baffled and unable to offer any explanation of
meaning of a great number of the Sonnets beyond making
wildest guesses and surmises.
The Stratfordians say that the book "Shake-Speares
published at London by G. Eld for TT, 1609, was the work
Will Shakspere of Stratford. They have no
ever for making this statement. This book does not
it was the work of Will Shakspere or anyone else.
No name of
the author appears on the title page or anywhere in
the book itself.
If the reader wishes to understand the Shake-Speare
-it is necessary for him to read these sonnets as
printed and to ignore the alterations made by modern
who are not capable of understanding these sonnets.
nothing in any of these sonnets to connect them
in any way with
the life of Will Shakspere of Stratford.
If Will Shakspere had written the" Shakespeare " plays
he published his sonnets he would naturally inform the
that these sonnets were the work of the man who had
the celebrated plays because he would wish to get all the
he could and not hide his light under a bushel by
sonnets without acknowledging that he was the author.
It can be shown that the Shake-speare sonnets were
by Francis Bacon and record certain incidents in
his own life.
The reader can prove this for himself if we will take the
to study these sonnets carefully and intelligently.
The literary critics cannot
Sonnets" because they try to link them with the life of
Shakspere but without any success because these sonnets
nothing to do with Shakspere or his life-they are
in the dark because they can find no key anywhere to
the secrets contained in the sonnets. If
they could only
realise that the sonnets were the work of Francis Bacon
to incidents in his life and not the life of Shakspere,
be able to understand the meaning of the sonnets.
under the delusion that the word love in the sonnets
physical love, whereas Bacon uses this word love
to refer to his
love of Pallas Athene the Greek goddess of
wisdom who is
the same as Minerva the Roman goddess of
wisdom. He also
uses the word love to refer to his love for his plays-the
of his brain. He also writes of his love for his
the dramatist Shakes-spear. Bearing this in mind,
meaning of the word love in the sonnets will be
enable the reader to understand the
sonnets of Shakes-speare.
Anyone reading " Shake-spear's " Sonnets for the first
must come to the conclusion that certain of the Sonnets
of order because he will find certain Sonnets the subject
of which has no relation to Sonnets which appear
after them as printed in the book. When it is
there are numerous Sonnets where this appears it is
that these Sonnets have been purposely
was the object in doing this? The object would
appear to be
that Bacon did not wish to give the reader any broad
disclose that he was writing under the name of
The Sonnets when re-arranged will be found to form
dealing with different subjects. It is necessary
re-arrange some of the Sonnets to achieve this
result. The first
thing to do is to discover which of the Sonnets should
in any re-arrangement. It will be found that the
first Sonnet is
No.23 which is addressed to the readers, followed
relating to Apollo-the Greek patron of poetry-which
Sonnets numbered 24, 26, 53, 54, 55.
The Sonnets of Shake-speare refer to certain
events as well as to a number of different subjects, so
venience I have divided them into different groups as
1. Those relating to
Marguerite de Valois-these
first Sonnets that Bacon wrote
during the years 1577-1579
when he was abroad.
2. Those relating to William
Herbert, Earl of Pembroke,
written during the years 1599 to
3. Those relating to King James of England
4. Those relating to Mistress Mary Fitton,
the years 1595 to 1602.
5. Those relating to the First Folio and his
6. Those relating to Apollo.
7. Those relating to Pallas Athene.
8. Those relating to Time.
9. Miscellaneous Sonnets.
In the demonstration which follows, I set out the Sonnets
the order in which they appear in the quarto but I put at
head of each Sonnet the subject to which it refers.