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"God hath framed the mind of man as a glass capable of the image of the universal world." - Bacon

Sonnet 3 has Bacon instructing his Mother, Elizabeth, to look into the mirror and view her aging face, yet her youth, Bacon, is alive and well. He says that he is "thy mothers glasse", a golden reflection of who she is. He pleads with her to acknowledge him as her son or "thine Image dies with thee."

Sad, so sad.

Sonnet 3:

LOoke in thy glasse and tell the face thou vewest,
Now is the time that face should forme an other,
Whose fresh repaire if now thou not renewest,
Thou doo'st beguile the world,vnblesse some mother.
For where is she so faire whose vn-eard wombe
(Line 33 of the Sonnets)
Disdaines the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tombe,
Of his selfe loue to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mothers glasse and she in thee
Calls backe the louely Aprill of her prime,

So thou through windowes of thine age shalt see,
Dispight of wrinkles this thy goulden time.
   But if thou liue remembred not to be,
   Die single and thine Image dies with thee.

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50 minutes ago, A Phoenix said:

Francis Bacon and the Fables of the Poets


What a fascinating way of interpreting human history, however, I don't understand which fables he refers to. Perhaps he means the sagas of the Dark Ages - Bede and Beowulf, etc. - and all the fanciful local myths and legends that every town and region possessed. "History" as folklore. Is he saying that, due to the "oblivion and silence" of records from the ancient world, there is a void in our understanding of history which was filled by superstition and imagination, rather than actual historical facts?


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Hi Eric,

I assume he his talking about the wisdom of the ancients in general which may well include fables from the beginning of humankind stretching back to those told through signs, symbols and hieroglyphics, through the period of the Sumerians, Egyptians, and the more modern Greek and Roman poets. I also would certainly include your suggestions that FB was alluding to Albion myths and legends, folklore, and the mythical founding of England and the rest of the United Kingdom. 

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4 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

Francis Bacon on the Negatives of University Learning


Sophistry: "the use of clever but false argumentsespecially with the intention of deceiving". The word I was looking for to describe the deviousness of the PFC, Stanley Wells and the Stratford gang.


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