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On this B'Hive forum, Ben Jonson comes up with acrostics and ciphers that relate to Bacon. Ben Jonson and Francis Bacon were friends, we know that as a fact.

Did Jonson use acrostics? Yes indeed.

Look at Ben Jonson's The Alchemist with the letters spelling out "THE ALCHEMIST" as the first letters:

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He used acrostics.

What about the 4th line of the Prologue that says, "To th' Author justice, to our selves but grace."

Isn't Ben the author? Maybe not?

"Our selves"? Who is he referring to?

Look at his title page:

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I "suppose" that is a B and an J, or an "I" back in 1610. Looks like an "F" to me. "B. F" or "F. B."?

See any other clues or acrostic hints that could suggest Bacon? I do.

Above images here:

https://crrs.library.utoronto.ca/exhibits/show/melancholy-and-the-humours/item/8502

Same website says:

As a satire published later in his life and often considered one of his best dramatic works, The Alchemist (1610) signals Ben Jonson's departure from a critique of the portrayal of humoural science, to a critique of the follies of English society itself.

Bacon acrostics? With a big giant "F"? 😉

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4 hours ago, Light-of-Truth said:

 

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GREAT FINDING, ROB ! 

There is a lot to say, but at first here is, for you, another proof of the use of the letter "J" in 1616 ( Date of publication of "The Alchemist") 😉 

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6 hours ago, Light-of-Truth said:

Look at his title page:

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I "suppose" that is a B and an J, or an "I" back in 1610. Looks like an "F" to me. "B. F" or "F. B."?

You're right ! It looks like an F ! But it is a stylized "I" that was alrealdy used in ... The Shepheardes Calendar (1579) !

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It is used for the first time in the Book for "I will" and the name Immerito (aka Francis Bacon) 🙂 !

There is more about this stylized "I" that I will share with you this week-end.

 

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On 3/26/2022 at 9:30 AM, Allisnum2er said:

There is more about this stylized "I" that I will share with you this week-end.

As promised, here is additional information concerning the stylized "I" in "The Shepheardes Calendar"

Three of the 12 months begin with a letter I/J : JANUARY, JUNE and JULY.

The fact is that each page of the book concerning January (first Aeglogue), begins with the word January with the stylised "I".

Similarly,  each page of the book concerning June (sixth Aeglogue), begins with the word June with the stylised "I".

But this is not the same thing at all for the month of July (Seventh Aeglogue).

Moreover, there are one or two "Emblemes" at the end of each Aeglogue, and each time that the Embleme begins by a letter I, this is the stylized "I",

except in the seventh Aeglogue : In medio virtus. ( The vertue stands in the middle).

There is a parallel with Francis Bacon's motto : Mediocria firma ( The Middle Way is safe).

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And guess what ?

In the seventh Aeglogue, only one of the page begins by July with the stylised "I".

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Now, the question is : " Why July ? "

Here is my theory I think that the answer lies in the Calendar ! 

If July is actually the seventh month, in the Roman times, before Julius Caesar and the Julian Calendar, July was Quintilis the fifth month.

Thus, the month of July hides the numbers 5 and 7.

And as you know 57 is the simple cipher of FRA. BACON.  

This assumption is supported by the fact that "The shepheardes Calendar" is 57 pp. long : FRA. BACON !

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Interesting.

Iulye

The letter "I" is also a Roman numeral One.

July 2nd is Day 183 of the year. From Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_2

July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 182 days remain until the end of the year.

This day is the first day of the second half of the year, as well as the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years. There are 183 days before and 182 after it in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m. for locations in the northern hemisphere, or 11:00 a.m. for locations in the southern hemisphere; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. In a leap year in those countries, the middle of the year is at midnight. In countries that use summer time, the midpoint occurs at 1:00 a.m. on July 2, or 11:00 p.m. on July 1 in the southern hemisphere. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in common years.

OK, let's try something. Put on your magic visualization goggles...

On January 1st, Day 1, place a one meter cube block on the ground. On January 2nd, Day 2, right next to the first one stack two blocks. On Day 3 stack three blocks, and so on until Day 183 when you stack 183 blocks up high. Might need a ladder to do that. Then on the next day count down so you have 182 blocks, then 181, so on until you get to Day 365 and back to one block. We end up with something like this:

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Let's call it a Pyramid, and place the "I" at the top.

I = 9 Simple cipher. 3x3=9 suggesting a 33. See the angles of the triangles on each side; 45, 45 and 90. Triangles always add up to 180 degrees. 180 reduces to 9 (1+8+0=9). In these triangles we have 45 degree angles which reduce to 9 (4+5=9), and a 90 degree angle which reduces to 9 (9+0=9). That's just how it works. One of the characteristics of the magic number 9.

A quadrilateral always adds up to 360 which reduces to 9 as well (3+6+0=9).

The height is 183 meters (using a 183 one meter cube blocks).

ONE EIGHTY THREE is 157 Simple and 365 Kaye ciphers.

There are 182 stacks of blocks on either side of the middle stack of 183 blocks at 183 meters high.

ONE EIGHTY TWO is 157 Simple and 287 Kaye ciphers.

I is also a Roman numeral One. 1 is Simple cipher for A. Our pyramid can be represented by the letter A.

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I is sometimes related with EYE. EYE is 33 Simple cipher.

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Do we have an "EYE" in the Pyramid? An "I", "EYE", and 33 in the peak of the "Middle" of the Pyramid on Day 183 with 182 Days before and after?

 

 

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First Line of Day 183 at the top of the Sonnets Pyramid:

So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse,

An "I" in the top of the Pyramid?

The lines of Day 183: http://www.light-of-truth.com/pyramid-GMT.php#Day183

So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse,
And found such fair assistance in my verse
As every alien pen hath got my use
And under thee their poesy disperse.
Thine
eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing
And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,

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