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to which it was objected that the above could not be the true reading because pionies and l lies do not bloom in April, this passage from the text has been quoted as a sufficient answer: “ In April follow the double white violet, the wall-tower, the stock-gilliflower, the cowslip, Hower-de-luces, and lilies of all natures; losem iry towers, the tulip, the double peony." Dyce's Shakespeare, I. 251, ed. 1864. Mr. Dyce adds :
Here Mr. Grant White well remarks that “pioned (peoned] and lilied banks (brims] ” are required " to make cold nymphs chaste crowns."
p. 443, 1. 5. “In July come gilliflowers in all varieties."
Sir, the year growing ancient,
Here's flowers for you;
p. 444, 1. 21. “ burnet, wild thyme and watermints.” This passage of
Bacon, wrote Mr. Sydney Walker (“ Crit. Exam. &c.” I. 247),
Here's flowers for you,
p. 465, 1. 11. p. 536, l. 6, and l. 24, 25. “glory and glorious.”
Glory” is never employed now in the sense of vain glory, nor “glorious” in that of vain-glorious, as once they often were. — TRENCH. Glossary.
Some took this for a glorious brag; others thought he [Alcibiades] was like enough to have done it. — North. Plutarch's Lives,
King Henry VII. had nothing in him of vain-glory, but yet kept state and majesty to the height; being sensible that majesty maketh You may abuse the works of any man; deprave his writings that you cannot equal. — DECKER'S Gull's IIornbook, p. 122. ed. Nott. Chapman dedicated his translation of “ The Georgies ” of Hesiod (1618) to Bacon. In the dedication is this pass-ge:
the people bow, but vain-ylory boweth to them. — History of King Henry VII. Works, VI. 241.
p. 466, 1. 4. “popularity.” A courting of popular favor.
larity” was once the wooing, not, as now, the having won, the favor of the people. The word, which is passive now, was active then. — TRENCH. Glossary.
Cato (the younger) charged Muræna, and indited him in open Court for popularity and ambition. HOLLAND. Plutarch's Morals,
p. 200, ed. 1657. p. 466, last line. “ the last impression.” Comp. “ Adv. of Learning,"
II. 22, § 4:
A man shall find in the wisest sort of these relations which the Italians make touching conclaves, the natures of the several cardinals handsomely and lively painted forth: a man shall meet with in every day's conference, the denominations of sensitive, dry, formal, real, humorous, certain, huomo di prima impressione, huomo di ultima impressione, and the like.
Essay XLIX. p. 469, 1. 21. “deprave.” The meaning of this word is well illustrated
in the following passage from Sir Thomas Browne's “ Religio Medici," in the address “ To the Reader:"
I have lived to behold the highest perversion of that excellent invention (printing], the name of bis Majesty defamed, the honour of Parliament deprared, the writings of both depraveilly, anticipatively, counterfeitly, imprinted. — Works, II. xxxi. ed. Pickering, 1835.
All greatness much more gracing impostors than men truly desertful. The worse depraving the better; and that so frontlessly,
that shame and justice should fly the earth for them. p. 469, 1. 21. “ disable.”
Our ancestors felt that to injure the character of another was the most effectual way of " disabling" him; and out of a sense of this they often used “disable” in the sense of to disparage, to speak slightingly of. — Trench's Glossary.
Farewell, monsieur traveller. Look, you lisp, and wear strange suits ; disable all the benefits of your own country. As You Like It, IV. 1.
p. 471, 1. 10. “ these general contrivers of suits.” As to the meaning
of the word “these," see WALKER, Crit. Exam. &c. III. 264.
p. 472, 1. 14. “ Crafty men contemn studies,” etc. Of this celebrated
passage Lord Macaulay wrote:
It will hardly be disputed that this is one to be “chewed and digested." We do not believe that Thucydides himself has anywhere compressed so much thought into so small a space.
p. 472, l. 26.
Bacon censures Ramus for “ introducing the canker of epitomes ” (“* Adv. of Learning,” II. 17, § 11), which he elsewhere calls the corruptions and moths of history."! From the pages of a charming writer of the present day the following passage is taken:
Lord Bacon denounced abridgments with eloquent anger. But who can traverse all history? When Johnson was asked by Boswell if he should read Du Halde's account of China, he said,
Why, yes, as one reads such books, – that is to say, consult it.” A glance through the casement gives whatever knowledge of the interior is needful. An epitome is only a book shortened; and, as a general rule, the worth increases as the size lessens.
p. 472, 1. 27. “ Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man,
and writing an exact man.” This Essay is the first in the original edition of 1597. But in a tract published in 1596, entitled “ The Landgrave of Hessen his Princely Receiving of her Majestie's Embassador in August 1596,” dedicated by the author, Edward Monings, to " Marie, Countesse of Warwicke," and reprinted by Nichols, ("The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth," III. 394, ed. 1823,) is an instance of the plagiari-m of which Bacon complains in the dedication of the edition of 1597:
1 The Translators of the Bible of 1611, in their “ Address to the Reader," defined an epitomist to be "one that extinguished worthy whole volumes to bring his abridgments into request.”
Ilis education prince-like; generally knowen in all things, and excellent in many, seasoning his grave and more important studies for ability in judgment, with studies of pastime for retiring. as in poetrie, musike and the mathematikes; and for ornament in discourse in the languages, French, Italian, and English, wherein he is expert; reading much, conferring and writting much. lle is a full man, a rearlie man, an exact min. And as we learn from the delication of the ed. 1597, that MS. copies had got abroad, it is probable that Monings had seen the Essay on Study, and being struck with the passage appropriated it.
p. 473, 1. 9. - Lord Bacon's encomiums on the study of Mathematics,
as affording the best discipline for an ill-regulated mind, are numerous and emphatic. In addition to the one contained in the text, he has said elsewhere,
Men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of the Pure Mathematics, in that they do remedly and cure many defects in the wit and faculties intellectual. For if the wit be too dull, they sharpen it; if too wandering, they fix it; is too inherent in the sense, they abstract it. So that as tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quirk eve and a body ready to put itself into all postures; so in the Mathematics, that use which is collateral and intervenient is no less worthy than that which is principal and intended. — Alv. of Learning, II. 8, $ 3. Works, III. 360. The observation in the Essay is repeated in the De Augmentis, VI. 4:
If one be bird-witted, that is easily distracted and unable to keep his attention as long as he shoull, Mathematics provides a remedy; for in them if the mind be caught away but a moment, the demonstration has to be commenced anew. – Works, IV. p. 495. Adv. of Learning, II. 19, $ 2.
p. 473, 1. 13. “ for they are Cymini Sectores.” See - Adr, of
Learning," I. 7. $ 7:
Antoninus Pius was called Cumini Sector, a carver or divider of cummin seed, which is one of the least seeds: such a patience he had and settled spirit to enter into the least and most exact differences of causes.
p. 520, 1. 13, 14. — “ Adv. of Learuing," II. 23, $ 2:
There is no greater impediment of action than an over-curious observance of decency, and the guide of decency, which is time and
For as Salomon saith, Qui respicit ad ventos, non seminat; et qui respicit ad nubes, non metet: a man must make his opportunity as oft as find it. To conclude: Behaviour seemeth to me as a garment of the mind, and to have the conditions of a garment. For it ought to be made in fashion; it ought not to be too curious; it ought to be shaped so as to set forth any good making of the mind, and hide any deformity; and above all, it ought not to be too strait, or restrained for exercise or motion.
p. 537, 1. 8. “ virtue was never so beholden to human nature as it
received its due at the second hand.”
Some of the latest of the editors of Bacon, says Mr. Singer, substitute its for his here and elsewhere. But it should be recollected that the neuter possessive pronoun was not then in use, and, as we retain his in the Bible and in Shakespeare, there is no reason for altering it here.
EssAY LVI. p. 549, 1. 11. “ The mislayer of a mere stone is to blame.” In Bacon's
Speech “ to Justire Hutton, when he was called to be one of the Judges of the Common Pleas," one of the “ Lines and Portraitures ” which he gave was,
That you shall contain the jurisdiction of the Court within the ancient Meere-Stones, without Removing the Mark. — Resuscitatio, p. 94, ed. 1657. Sir Robert Atkyns arguendo in Rex v. Williams, 13 Howell's State Trials, 1430, remarked, It is indeed commonly said, Boni judices est ampliare jurisdictio
But I take that to be the better advice which was given by the Lord Chancellor Bacon to Mr. Justice Hutton upon the swearing him one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas.
p. 549, last line. “ A judge ought to prepare his way to a just sen
tence, as God useth to prepare his way, by raising valleys and