Lord Burleigh


Bacon in his Apothegms relates that "his uncle, Lord Treasurer Burleigh, used to say, when laying aside his official robe at the close of his day's work, "Lie there, Lord Treasurer."
The Apothegms were not published until twenty years after Shakesper's death, yet we find in the play "The Tempest," first published in 1623 (seven years after Shaksper's death) in the First Folio, the following:

"Lend thy hand and pluck my magick garment from me--so;

(Lays down his mantle).
Lye there my Art!"
(Act 1, Scene 2).

Is this a coincidence? or is it Bacon adopting the anecdote of his uncle for the purpose of his play?


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