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TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

XXI

A Song of Consolation1

to Both Academies.

If my prayers, ye Sisters, had with yours availed (ah me, our plaint hath come before its time!), not vain would be the contest of our love (for oft in love resides the strife of emulous devotion): we should have gained our own by our tears, and thee as well, Apollo,2 yes thee, learned Bacon, the darling of thy father-land. What could nature more, or virtue? Thou gavest thereby the meed of thine unending fame. When the wiser part of our age read thee, they swore that it befitted thee alone to speak for ever. Him3 the too stern goddesses (ah me, what prerogative do they not claim at every turn!)4 have denied to us and to you. Worthy he was of the sky, but what prayers for such a man, that he still should tarry upon earth, can be importunate? Oh happy fate! since ’t is no blame, Bacon, but joyful eulogy to mourn thy death.5 Stay now, ye sisters, your just plaints and sighs. He cannot all6 ascend the melancholy bier. He was both ours and yours: a strife is thence arisen, and ’t is in doubt which love the greater be. The grief is common, ours and yours: such ruin could not descend upon one place alone.

 WILLIAM LOE, OF TRINITY COLLEGE.

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1. Harleian Misc. has ; Blackbourne,

2. Bacon is identified with Apollo.

3. Sudden shift of the pronoun; perhaps the poet now addresses the pars prudentior to whom he has just referred.

4. ah sibi quid nolunt saepe licere; cf. quid non crudelis voluit sibi Parca licere, Poem XVIII, 5 by the same author.

5. It would be blameworthy to mourn the gods’ dispensation in any other case, but here where Bacon is to reign exalted, sorrow turns to praise. Cf. Statius on Lucan’s birthday, Silv. ii. 7, 135, quidquid fleverat ante, nunc adoret.mnjhnb

6. Horace’s non omnis moriar.

 

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TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

22.

ON THE DEATH OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS

VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST. ALBANS.

While the Verulamian sage was filled with the desire of writing and enriched the ages with crowds of books: death detesting polished6 books had long had his eye on them, nor did the wretch endure such numerous writings. For he hates the everlasting monuments of genius, and ambitious compositions, which despise funeral pyres. Therefore while the (writer’s) hand wielded the pen, and while the eloquent pen wearied the frail hands, not yet had the page wound up the completed manuscript, when the black Theta7 became the crowning period of the work8:  nevertheless in spite of death your writings, O Bacon! will live and descend to our remote posterity.

                                              JAMES DUPORT, TRIN. COL.

6. Exultos. Probably a misprint for excultos. There is no reason in the nature of things why exolescere, to grow up, to come to maturity, should not form its participle the same way as adolescere, adultus, but as a matter of fact the form exoletus only is found. I am inclined to think the writer meant it as the participle of exolescere.

7. Theta, the first letter of , death, and used as an abbreviation for it.

8. Coronis, a flourish of the pen at the end of a book. It also means the end or completion.

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TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

XXII

ON THE DEATH OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS

LORD VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST. ALBAN.

Even while Verulam’s sage filled the ages with copious volumes,

Death gazed detesting upon them, hating such marvellous labors.

 Hated he all genius’ monuments,-writings the funeral pyre scorning.1

 Therefore, while still the pen wielding, even with frail hands full weary,

 While the scroll yet was unfinished, came the black Theta2 to end it.

 Yet shall thy writing, Oh, Bacon, live on, enduring thro’ ages,

Reaching thy latest descendants, all despite Death’s intervention.

                                                                JAMES DUPORT, T. C.

 

1. Death hated the writings which defied him.

2. The initial letter of the Greek word for Death.

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TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

[ELEGY 22]

On the Death, etc.

“Whilst freely wrote the Man of Verulam,

 With tomes on tomes endowing ages sure,

 Death, jealous, eyed those writings as they came,

 And ill their growing numbers could endure:

 Death hates those monuments of authors' skill,

 Their written works that spurn the funeral pyre;

 Therefore, whilst in his hand was poised the quill,

 And, ere his slender fingers ceased to tire,

Before the last page ‘finis’ could proclaim,

 Death signed his dark initial at the end:

 Still shall thy writings, BACON, live, thy fame

 In Death’s despite to distant age descend.”

-James Duport, Trin. Coll.

 

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TRANLSATION OF E.K.RAND

XXII

On the Death of the Most Illustrious Lord Verulam,

Viscount St. Alban.

While the hero of Verulam desired much to write, and showered the age with frequent volumes, death long looked upon the careful books in hate, nor could that accursed one tolerate so many works. For he hated talent’s enduring monuments, and the emulous writings that scorn funereal pyres. And yet, though thy fingers held the pen in poise,1and though the eloquent reed wearied thy feeble hand, though still unfinished was thy manuscript, which the last page had signed (since black Theta2 was the flourish) yet shall thy writings, Bacon, live and reach thy descendants late in time, even in spite of death.

                                                                                     JAMES DUPORT, T. C.

                                                                              (i. e. OF TRINITY COLLEGE.)

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1. i. e. could write no more.

2. The flourish after the last word was a Theta for , ‘death.’

 

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TRANLSATION OF E.K.RAND

XXII

On the Death of the Most Illustrious Lord Verulam,

Viscount St. Alban.

While the hero of Verulam desired much to write, and showered the age with frequent volumes, death long looked upon the careful books in hate, nor could that accursed one tolerate so many works. For he hated talent’s enduring monuments, and the emulous writings that scorn funereal pyres. And yet, though thy fingers held the pen in poise,1and though the eloquent reed wearied thy feeble hand, though still unfinished was thy manuscript, which the last page had signed (since black Theta2 was the flourish) yet shall thy writings, Bacon, live and reach thy descendants late in time, even in spite of death.

                                                                                     JAMES DUPORT, T. C.

                                                                              (i. e. OF TRINITY COLLEGE.)

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1. i. e. could write no more.

2. The flourish after the last word was a Theta for , ‘death.’

 

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Hi A Phoenix

It seems as though James Duport did not admire himself enough to want to have his portrait done. Too busy writing, I expect. https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Duport%2C James%2C 1606-1679

I did find an amusing article about his advice to new students entering Cambridge University in the mid-17th century:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451677/Cambridge-University-rulebook-1660-No-lie-ins-nose-picking.html

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TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

23.

TO THE PASSER-BY LOOKING ON THE TOMB OF

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD FRANCIS, LORD

VERULAM.

 Think you, foolish traveller, that the leader of the choir of the Muses and of Phoebus is interred in the cold marble? Away, you are deceived. The Verulamian star now glitters in ruddy Olympus: The boar9 great James shines resplendent in your constellation.

9. The boar, Bacon’s crest.

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TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

XXIII

TO THE PASSERBY VIEWING THE MONUMENT

TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE LORD FRANCIS

Thinkest thou, Oh! foolish traveler that this cold marble is hiding

Phoebus’1own chorister;-leader of the great band of the Muses?

 Thou art deceived then! Avaunt thee! Verulam shines in Olympus2

 And lo! the boar,3 great Jacobo4 glitters in thy constellation.

 

1. Apollo, leader of the Muses, Goddesses of Poetry.

2. A mountain on the borders of Macedonia and Thessaly, regarded as the special home of the gods, hence used as synonym for Heaven.

3. Bacon’s crest.

4. James I, Died, 1625.

 

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TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

[ELEGY 23]

To the passenger gazing on the monument of Francis Lord

Verulam:-

“Dost thou imagine, foolish passenger,

 That he who led Apollo’s sweetest choir

 Of Muses fresh from the Pierian springs,

 Entombed in coldest marble is immured?

 Pass on, you err, for even now Great James,

 Thy brightest constellation, Verulam’s Boar,

 Shines glorious in Olympus’ radiant sky.”

[Baconiana, Vol. V, New Series, No. 19, July 1897, pp. 139-43]

 

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TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

XXIII

To the Traveler who views the Monument of the Most

Honored Sir, Francis, Lord Verulam.

Dost think, stupid traveler, that the choragus of Phoebus and the Muses’ band is confined in

this chill marble? Avaunt! Thou art deceived, Verulam1

now shines in ruddy Olympus: the boar,

great JAMES, now glittereth in thy sign.

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1. Verulamia may mean ‘the sidereal Verulam’ (the manor) or, understanding stella, ‘the Verulamian star’; Bacon’s soul possesses a star as that of Caesar and that of James did.

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2 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

23.

TO THE PASSER-BY LOOKING ON THE TOMB OF

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD FRANCIS, LORD

VERULAM.

 Think you, foolish traveller, that the leader of the choir of the Muses and of Phoebus is interred in the cold marble? Away, you are deceived. The Verulamian star now glitters in ruddy Olympus: The boar9 great James shines resplendent in your constellation.

9. The boar, Bacon’s crest.

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Thank you A P, for all your erudition and dedication. Enriching, to say the least. Who wrote this bold and pithy memorial I wonder? 

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Hi Eric,

In turn, thank you for all your erudition, dedication and support. As we always say, it is an honour and a privilege for us to be part of the sirbacon.org and B'Hive community in our common Baconian cause of bringing the Truth about Lord Bacon to a much wider (hopefully world-wide) audience. I think it was Smedley who first said it: when the full Truth is known about the Great One it will truly stagger humankind.  

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1 hour ago, A Phoenix said:

Hi Eric,

In turn, thank you for all your erudition, dedication and support. As we always say, it is an honour and a privilege for us to be part of the sirbacon.org and B'Hive community in our common Baconian cause of bringing the Truth about Lord Bacon to a much wider (hopefully world-wide) audience. I think it was Smedley who first said it: when the full Truth is known about the Great One it will truly stagger humankind.  

Hi Phoenixes

"...when the full Truth is known..." 

This has no basis in history, but it recently occurred to me that, in order for SFB to reveal his Tudor birthright to those favoured few that he could trust, there must have been something, a document perhaps, or an object (?) which incontrovertibly demonstrated his position as an unacknowledged prince. Imagine trying to tell someone that you are rightfully the heir to the throne. All you would get are funny looks, or locked up. Words would have been insufficient. Perhaps somewhere, locked away, there is tangible evidence which cannot be denied that Sir Francis Bacon was the last of the Tudors, to borrow from Madame Von Kunow.

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Hi Phoenixes,

I second Eric.

We can never thank you enough for your commitment.

There is no thank you big enough to recognize the incredible number of hours you have invested and that you invest in a daily basis to share your knowledge for the benefit of the B'Hive community and for the cause. 🙏❤️

Regarding the Eulogy 23, do you know if someone already suggest another possibility than the death of James I in 1625, to explain the reference to "Jame's Constellation" ?

I've just learned that James VI of Scotland was called the "Bright Star of the North."

What if it was a hidden reference to the "Brightest Star of the Northern Sky" that is Arcturus in the constellation of ... Böotes, the celestial Spear-shaker ?

http://www.atlascoelestis.com/Bainbridge.htm

 

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TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

24.

ON THE DEATH OF THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS LORD

FRANCIS BACON, VISCOUNT ST. ALBANS, MOST

DISTINGUISHED BOTH IN LETTERS AND WISDOM,

AS ALSO FOR INNATE NOBILITY.

Nor I, nor Naso1himself, were he alive, could duly celebrate your obsequies with verse, great Bacon. Poetry comes as the product of a tranquil mind, our hearts are troubled by your death. You have filled the world with your writings,2and the ages with your fame. Enter into your rest, since to do so is so sweet. The Advancement of Learning written by you, O Bacon! exalts your head now throughout the entire globe. I utter verses incomplete, or rather none, but could verses restore you, O Bacon, to life, what verses would I then contribute!

 C. D., KING’S COLLEGE.

1. Naso. Ovid was a great favourite with Bacon.

2. Replesti mundum scriptis, you have filled the world with your writings. Cf. supra Elegy 22. Here we have emphatic corroboration of Bacon’s widespread relations both as author and otherwise with Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. People laugh at some Baconians for claiming vastly more for Bacon than the “immortal plays,” but this contemporary evidence “should give us pause” before drawing the line at the Shakespeare works. Moreover, it is to be noted that it is chiefly as a poet, the votary, nay the leader, of Apollo and the Muses, that Bacon is held up to admiration by these Latin versifiers.

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TRANSLATION OF WILLARD PARKER

XXIV

ON THE DEATH OF HIM-THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS

AND DISTINGUISHED IN LETTERS, IN

WISDOM AND INNATE NOBILITY,-LORD

FRANCIS BACON, VISCOUNT ST.

ALBAN.1

Not I, nor Naso2himself, were he in land of the living

 Could with his verse, Oh! great Bacon, pay to thine obsequies tribute.

 Poetry comes as the product of mind all serene and untroubled;

 But our sad hearts are beclouded, since thou by Fate art o’ertaken.

 Filled is the world with thy writings, e’en as thy fame fills the ages.

 Enter thou then into rest, since sweet thou hast found it to do so.

 What thou hast written, Oh! Bacon, in exaltation of learning,

 That has exalted thine own head throughout the world without measure.

 Short is my song-nay, ’tis nothing, but were it given to poesy,

 Power to restore thy life, Bacon, How much would I then contribute?

C. D., King’s College.

 

1. Such tributes as this and many others constitute a grand refutation of the slurs, cast by the ignorant upon Bacon’s character.

2. Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid), Roman writer of elegies and poems.

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TRANSLATION OF THE BACON SOCIETY

[ELEGY 24]

On the death of a man most distinguished in literature, as well as in

wisdom and inborn nobility-FRANCIS BACON, Viscount St.

Albans.

“Not I, nor Naso did he live, would vie

 In verse, O BACON, for thine elegy;

 The springs of verse well up from minds serene,

 Our hearts have by thy death o’erclouded been:

 With books thou’st filled the earth, with fame the age;

 Then enter now thy rest, as’t please thee, Sage;

 The grandeur of thy teaching doth appear,

And doth throughout the world thy head uprear;

Brief is my ode, I cease. Again to live

Could verse procure thee, torrents would I give.”

-C. D. Regal.

 

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TRANSLATION OF E.K.RAND

XXIV

On the Death of the Man Most Illustrious and Eminent, both in Letters and in Sagacity and in Native Nobility, Sir Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Alban.

Not I, no not Ovid, were he alive, could pay the tribute of his verse, great Bacon, to thine obsequies. Verse comes when drawn from a mind serene: our breast is clouded by thy fate. Thou hast filled the world with thy works and the ages with thy fame: enter then, since it is so sweet, into thy rest. Aye, the exaltation of learning,1 written, Bacon, by thee, exalts now thine own head throughout the world. Short is my song; nay, it is nothing. But if songs could restore thee to life, ah Bacon, how many would I give!

C. D. OF KING’S COLLEGE (CAMBRIDGE). _____________________________________________________________________

1. Referring to the Advancement of Learning.

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2 hours ago, A Phoenix said:

Hi A Phoenix,

Here is something very interesting ! 😊

Taking a look in acrostic, I noticed the word "CERDON" that is the name of a French Hamlet.

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I wondered what was the origin of the word.

One of the explanation is that it  would derive from "Cerdonium" meaning "fortified place".

But "Cerdon" would also mean "Artisan or Craftman".

And in the course of my research here is what I have just found ...

https://human.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Literature_and_Literacy/Writing_and_Critical_Thinking_Through_Literature_(Ringo_and_Kashyap)/06%3A_About_Poetry/6.01%3A_What_is_Poetry

"Ben Johnson referred to the art of poetry as “the craft of making.” The old Irish word cerd, meaning “people of the craft,” was a designation for artisans, including poets. It is cognate with the Greek kerdos, meaning “craft, craftiness.” Two basic metaphors for the art of poetry  in the classical world were carpentry and weaving. “Whatsoever else it may be,” W. H. Auden said, “a poem is a verbal artifact which must be as skillfully and solidly constructed as a table or a motorcycle.”

FRANCIS BACON, THE CONCEAL'D POET

EDIT :

Interestingly enough, if we do not take the D of "Deducti"(from Deductio) in count, we can form the name CREON, another name of a French Hamlet .

CREON was the brother of Jocasta and uncle of Antigone, who became KING of Thebes after the fall of Oedipus.

And the name CREON comes from the Greek "KREON" meaning "MASTER".

Thus, the aim of this acrostic could be to hide

"CERD"(artisan/craftman/poet) and "CREON" (Master/king)

FRANCIS BACON, MASTER OF THE CRAFT, KING OF POETS.

 

 

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TRANSLATION OF FATHER WILLIAM A. SUTTON

25.

ON THE DEATH OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

LORD FRANCIS, BARON VERULAM, VISCOUNT

ST. ALBANS.

He who was the arbiter of law, freed from that law, is himself arraigned before the tribunal of death; thus does the polity of Rhadamanthus3 clash with ours. He who would at last have taught the greatest master4 of wisdom to use a New Organ, himself compelled by death’s ancient method makes useless his own members. In fact Destiny wished from premisses quite modern a conclusion to be arrived at as to this man’s death, whether or not there were sense or reason in the unpropitious fates. He who disclosed secrets of nature, which in one age should not be revealed, nevertheless had to pay the debts due to nature, a compliant stepmother. Finally he dies full of an unusually rich vein of arts, and dying demonstrates how extensive is art, how contracted is life, how everlasting fame; he who was in our sphere the brilliant Light-bearer, and trod great paths of glory, passes and fixed in his own orb shines refulgent.

3. Rhadamanthus, son of Zeus and Europa, for his justice made one of the judges in the next life.

4. Summum sophiae magistrum, Aristotle, called by Dante “master of them that know.” He called his logic the , the instrument (of reason), which suggested to Bacon the title of his work.

 

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