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  1. We have long enjoyed Mather Walker’s works. An incredibly unique and insightful writer and his love for Francis Bacon always shines through like in this beautiful essay excerpt from ‘What Francis Bacon Means To Me’ from 2004 https://sirbacon.org/mathermean.htm ‘We, who live today, dwell on the apex of a vast pyramid of human achievement; achievement accumulated through many long struggles in the service of science and technology. We reap these benefits each day in a thousand ways: electricity, television, telephones, aeronautics, and medicine; without giving thought to our debt. But it all goes back to Bacon. He set it all in motion. He was the one who prepared the unique soil that enabled it to grow, and he was the one who planted the unique seed from which it grew. Prometheus was a myth. Francis Bacon was real, and his achievements far greater than any imagination could conceive.’ Mather Walker R.I.P
  2. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND XVII On the same most Eloquent Man. Let Utility look on him,1 oh ye of better learning,2 but add a bit of Ithaca, thou forger of tales,3 and then thou shalt have all.4 E. F. OF KING’S COLLEGE (CAMBRIDGE). _____________________________________________________________________ 1. or ‘take notice;’the idea is, let utilitas be reckoned as one of Bacon’s characteristics. 2. moniti meliora, i. e. doctiores, men of understanding. 3 Ulysses is here addressed. Fandi fictor is applied to him in Virgil, AEn. ix. 602. 4. i. e. with the capacity for useful learning, Bacon unites a sprightly imagination Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  3. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY [ELEGY 17] Translation.-If you wish to understand Bacon, it is useful to see (the motto) “moniti meliora,” give sage counsel. But add to this a composer of fiction, and you understand him altogether, understand his whole character. E. F. REGAL 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  4. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER XVII TO THE SAME MOST ELOQUENT MAN. Let the best counsels, of Prudence, warned of a destiny higher Add but the Master of Fable from Ithaca,1 then hold you all men. E. F., King’s College. 1. This couplet is admittedly and doubtless intentionally obscure. It reads as though intended as a warning to the other eulogists not to divulge too much of the high destiny for which Bacon was intended and to remember how as a poet “in a despised weed” he had wrought the good of all men. 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  5. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON 17. TO THE SAME MOST ELOQUENT PERSONAGE. Let expediency consider the better parts of counsel, but add, a poet from Ithaca, and you hold all.4 E. F., KING’S COLLEGE. 4. No one can deny the extreme obscurity of this couplet. Moniti meliora sequamur are Anchises’ words in AEn. III. 188. Admonished let us follow better counsels. But the two words moniti meliora are inscribed on the outer scroll of the left-hand title-page of the Frankfurt edition of Bacon’s works 1665, while inside is written the motto of the Bacon family, mediocria firma-moderation is strength. It seems to me that the two phrases are to be taken as forming one sentence. The meaning would then be: the best part of counsel is what combines strength and moderation. Now, applying this to the couplet, and in the light of what is now known of Bacon, the writer seems to warn the literary intimates of Bacon not to tell too much or claim too much for him, but that his memory would be best served, and the ends he had in view best promoted, by making no seemingly exaggerated claims of authorship, as in justice might be done; but to be moderate and yet to intimate that he was “a concealed poet” (ex Ithaca fandi factor), which virtually covers the whole ground of the Baconian contention. Fictor fandi Ulixes (AEn. IX. 602) means Ulysses the counterfeiter or feigner, but fictor fandi would also signify poet (“The truest poetry is the most feigning,” As You Like It III. 3); so Ex Ithaca fandi fictor well suggests the “concealed poet,” as Bacon writes to Sir John Davies he was.[William A. Sutton, ‘Literal Translation Of The “Manes Verulamiani”’, Baconiana, Vol. IV, Third Series, No. 14, April, 1906, pp. 110-16] 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  6. FOUR TRANSLATIONS OF THE MEMORIAE 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  7. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND XVI On the History of Life and Death, by the late Sir Francis Bacon. Thou writer of the history of life and death, Bacon, worthy late to die, aye, rather ever to live, why dost thou, extinct, so cherish the shades, and thus efface us with thyself, who shall not live after thee? Thou hast written, Bacon, the history of the life and death of us all. Prithee who shall write well the story either of thy life or death-ah who? Nay, yield, ye Greeks, yield Maro, first in Latin history.1 Most excellent in both the spoken and the written word, and famed in whatever way,2 great at counsel3 and in the school;4 excelling too in Mars, if Mars could suffer art,5 and in every title, in every aim, more than a man.6 Despiser of wealth, the while he rates gold lower than the unsubstantial breeze, he changes earthly realms for the sky, and the ground for the stars. _____________________________________________________________________ 1. cf. Propertius, iii. 34, 65, cedite Romani Scriptores cedite Graii. 2. The full construction would be, non est nomen quo non inclytus erat. 3. Refers to his career as Privy Councillor, or to his statesmanship in general. 4. Refers to his attainments in philosophy. 5. Meurer’s interpretation (p. 111), ‘if Mars could suffer him this art,’seems pointless. 6. A queer use of semihomo. In classical Latin it means ‘half-beast,’ not ‘half-god.’ 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  8. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY [ELEGY 16] On the Death of the Lord Francis Bacon, Historian of Life and Death. “Thyself Historian of Life and Death, Thou should’st, O Bacon, late in life have died, Or else for ever lived. Why dost thou bring Such darkness, by th’ extinction of thy life? And why, since without thee we cannot live, Dost thou, departing, also blot us out? The life and death of each of us thou hast, O Bacon! in thy writings chronicled; But of thine own life, or thy death, I ask, What true, sufficient history has been writ? Give place, ye Greeks, great Maro e’en give way, Foremost in history of Latium; In speech, in writing most excelling; famed In Council-Chamber as in Learning’s Schools. In arts of Mars (if Mars submit to Art) He still excelled: a Demi-god in skill, In every branch of knowledge, all pursuits Which have a glorious title, he excelled. Wealth he despises; gold he holds to be Far lighter than the unsubstantial air. The kingdoms of the world he quits for Heaven, And joyfully exchanges Earth for Stars.” 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  9. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER XVI ON THE HISTORY OF LIFE AND DEATH1 BY THE LATE SIR FRANCIS BACON. Writer of Life and Death history, long life deservedst thou, Bacon! Yea! worthy life everlasting; why, pray, departed one, wilt thou Dwell with the shades and them cherish, slaying us who’ll not survive thee. Life and Death history, Oh Bacon, of all of us hast thou written; But, who shall write thy great story, who, pray, of thy life or thy death? Give place, Oh Greece! Yield thee Maro,2 first tho thou be in Rome’s Story.3 Eloquence thine in supremacy; powerful of pen, great in all things, Famous in council, on platform; Aye, even Mars thou excellest, If Mars4 to art proves submissive. Superman, thou in all titles,- Wealth thou despisest, regarding gold as the breeze of the night-air; This world exchanging for heaven; earth for the stars and their brightness. 1. Bacon’s great work. 2. Vergil’s full name was Publius Vergilius Maro. 3. Meaning that the greatest historians of neither Greece nor Rome are competent to write Bacon’s history. Suggests Jonson’s Preface to First Folio, and his article on Bacon in the Discoveries. In the former, he says: “Leave thee alone for the comparison Of all that insolent Greece or haughtie Rome Sent forth.” In the latter: “He who hath filled up all numbers, and performed that in our tongue which may be compared or preferred either to insolent Greece or haughtie Rome.” In the same paragraph, Jonson gives a list of the men noted for letters in his day but makes no mention of Shakespeare the Actor whom he mentions only in his connection with the theatre and plainly intimates his illiteracy. 4. God of War. As Bacon was a man of Peace, this reference suggests that Mars was pictured as the Shaker of the Spear, Quirinus. 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  10. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON 16. ON THE HISTORY OF LIFE AND DEATH, BY LORD FRANCIS BACON, LATELY DECEASED. Writer of the History of Life and Death, O! Bacon! deserving to die late, nay rather to live for ever, why, departed one, do you prefer the everlasting shades, and so destroy with yourself us, who will not survive you? You have written, O! Bacon! the history of the life and death of us all; who, I ask, is capable of (writing) the history either of your life or death? alas! Nay, give place, O Greeks! give place, Maro, first in Latin story.1 Supreme both in eloquence and writing, under every head renowned, famous in council chamber and lecture hall; In war too, if war would submit to art,2 surpassing in every pursuit, under every title, a very Chiron;3 a despiser of wealth, and while he reckons gold less than light air, he exchanges earthly realms for the sky, the ground for the stars. 1. Cf., “Leave thee alone, for the comparison Of all that insolent Greece or haughtie Rome Sent forth."- From Ben Jonson’s Poem prefixed to First Folio. In his “Discoveries” he gives to Bacon the self-same superiority over “insolent Greece and haughtie Rome.” 2. Marte idem. Bacon here is declared great alike “in the field and in the Cabinet.” But where did he distinguish himself as a military genius except in the plays of Shakespeare, where the soldiership is said to be as perfect as the seamanship or any other excellency of knowledge of all the “mysteries” of arts and crafts therein contained? It is known that Bacon was a master in all (or nearly all) arts and crafts, liberal and mechanical; nothing of the kind is known about Shakspere the actor. 3. Semihomo. This word here means Centaur. Chiron, the wisest and justest of the Centaurs and the son of Saturn, was renowned for skill in hunting, medicine, music, prophecy, &c. Himself the pupil of Apollo and Diana, he became the teacher in the above-mentioned arts of the most famous heroes of Grecian story-Peleus, Achilles, Diomedes, &c 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  11. THE FOUR TRANSLATIONS OF THE MEMORIAE 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  12. TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND XV To the Memory of the Most Eminent Man, Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Alban. Revealing Nature’s powers and the works of Art, potent himself in art, a man of England once1 followed his quest in breathless zeal-Roger Bacon, in former times far famed. Who, uniting Optic Science with Chemical, with Physical, Perspective-these glorious emprises of the mind -liveth forever with the boon of glorious fame. Another man of England too attained renown[1]John Bacon, who unlocked the secret oracles of Sacred Scripture. Albeit the race of Bacon gave to the Britains many pledges, far famed in all the world, at last it bare our Francis. Whoe’er in genius was better born than he? What man of greater undertakings? Who with more wealth of eloquence? Who that revolved more thoughts in his mind? His writings show. In them with piercing judgement, he castigates the works of ancient Sages: in a little book, his great Instauration reveals its stupendous aims: The Histories of Winds, the Image of Life and Death. Who greater-souled than he unbarred Nature and the Arts? Why should I speak of each in turn, when many writings of great fame abound? A part of them lies buried;2 that a part should see the light, Rawley, faithful Achates unto Francis, hath achieved. ROBERT ASHLEY, OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE. _____________________________________________________________________ 1. Like Lucretius’ primum Graius homo, i. 66. 2. i. e. still in the manuscript, unedited. 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  13. TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY [ELEGY 15] To the Illustrious Man, Francis Bacon, &c. There was an Englishman of old renowned, Great Roger Bacon, who with pains and skill Studied the ways of Nature and of Art, Tracking their paths with ceaseless, breathless zeal. He joined together Optics, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, too, he joined Unto Perspective: this the brilliant work Of his own mind. For ever will he live In fame as brilliant as imperishing. There was another Bacon most illustrious, Ioannes, who interpreted the true But hidden meaning of the Oracles Enshrined in Holy Writ. What noble scions This house of Bacon has to Britain given; Men through the wide world famed. But now at length It bears this FRANCIS. Was there e’er a man Of nobler mind, greater capacities, A richer flow of polished eloquence, A mind more comprehensive and complete? This do his writings teach, wherein he dares To censure e’en the monumental works Of ancient sages, and chastise their errors. In one small book we see stupendous boldness: The Instauration, History of the Winds, The Image that he draws of Life and Death!- Who e’er unravelled with a loftier soul The mysteries of Nature and the Arts? Nor need I number the illustrious works Which he has left behind. Some buried lie; But Rawley, his “Achates” ever true, Has given leave that some may see the light.” Robert Ashley of the Middle Temple. Can anyone pass these last four lines without inquiry, or effort to ascertain what works were they which at the time when these verses were printed (1620-1626) lay buried? Where are the manuscripts which Francis Bacon entrusted to the charge of his “faithful Achates,” Dr. William Rawley? In that same collection we should expect to find the original copies of these memorial verses. The somewhat occult allusion which compares Bacon to Ioannes tends to confirm a conclusion arrived at by some amongst us, that our poet-theologian was the first who endeavoured to interpret the mysterious symbols and utterances of the Apocalypse. The allusion may, however, be more general, and may refer to his fixed and ever present belief that “every good gift cometh from the Father of Lights,”and that by God’s help all things are possible to him who believes them possible. 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  14. TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER XV IN MEMORY OF THAT MOST ILLUSTRIOUS OF MEN, FRANCIS BACON, BARON VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST. ALBAN. Famed of old was Roger Bacon,1 who, Nature’s forces revealing, Followed the quest-eager-breathless. Honored was he by all England. Optical Science uniting unto the Chemical wisdom; Physical lore-Mathematics, joined unto Knowledge perspective; Glorious works of his genius earned him a name most distinguished. Also renowned was John Bacon.2 England is proud as his birthplace, Who from the Scriptures most Sacred unlocked the oracles secret. Then, when the same race had yielded many great pledges to England, Famed through the world, it bore Francis, than whom none greater in genius! What man of greater achievements? Who of an eloquence richer? Such versatility wondrous, lo! is shown forth in his writings. Which with a judgment most piercing censure the works of the Ancients;3 And in his volume so modest, even The Great Instauration,4 Shows he his aims most stupendous;-Life and Death’s Image,5 Winds’ History.6 Who with a spirit more lofty unraveled Art and all Nature? Why give them separate mention? His works abound in profusion. Part of them truly lie buried,7 but that some part shall be brought forth Doth still ensure unto Francis, Rawley,8 his faithful Achates.9 ROBERT ASHLEY, Of the Middle Temple. 1. Celebrated English Philosopher, 1214-1294. The late Prof. Newbold, of University of Pennsylvania, spent much time studying and interpreting the cryptograms in his work. 2. Celebrated English Divine. 3. Bacon’s great work “The Wisdom of the Ancients.” 4. Bacon’s Philosophical work, literally The Great Restoration. 5. History of Life and Death. 6. History of the Winds. 7. Doubtless refers to his many pseudonymous works, buried under others’ names. 8. Bacon’s chaplain who published his life and work under the title of Resuscitatio. He told much, half revealed much, but left much for the research of future ages. 9. “Fidus Achates,” the faithful companion of Aeneas, Prince of Troy. 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
  15. TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON 15. TO THE MEMORY OF THE ILLUSTRIOUS FRANCIS BACON, BARON VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST. ALBANS. Roger Bacon of yore a most distinguished Englishman potent in art with burning zeal in days gone by searched out and made known the forces of Nature and the works of art: joining optics to chemistry, mathematics and perspective to physics, the glorious enterprises of his genius, he lives immortal through the gift of distinguished fame. Another Englishman, John Bacon, became famous by explaining the obscure oracles of Holy Scripture. Though the Baconian stock had given many noble pledges, widely celebrated throughout the world, to England, at length it produced this Francis: was ever other of nobler genius? of greater enterprise? of richer eloquence? of ampler mental range? His writings answer; wherein with sharp censure he corrects the works of ancient sages; and in modest volume the Great Instauration, the History of the Winds, the Image of Life and Death reveal his stupendous aims. Who of loftier soul exists unravelling nature and art? Why should I mention each separate work, a number of which of high repute remain? A portion lies buried; for some also Rawley his fidus Achates ensures for Francis, that they should see the light. ROBERT ASHLEY, OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE 1 Minute Trailer: https://youtu.be/UeIqR-bA6cE Full Video: https://youtu.be/n3UL4MfyAZc Book: https://www.academia.edu/113883645/The_Secret_Links_Between_the_Rosicrucian_Freemasonic_Memoriae_1626_Containing_Thirty_Two_Verses_Dedicated_To_Francis_Bacon_Our_Shakespeare_The_First_Folio_of_the_Shakespeare_Works_1623_and_the_Stratford_Monument
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