The essays or counsels civil and moral

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There be two swords amongst Christians, the spiritual and temporal; and both have their due office and place, in the maintenance of religion. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work, upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work, upon a lightsome ground: judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart, by the pleasure of the eye. For to certain zealants, all speech of pacification is odious. Death hath this also; that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. Some, when they take revenge, are desirous, the party should know, whence it cometh. Augustus Caesar died in a compliment; Livia, conjugii nostri memor, vive et vale. It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.

He that dies in an earnest pursuit, is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed, and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolors of death.

Persuasive and diagnostic, his Essays are valued for many reasons, notleast their combination of a dispassionate observation of human life with powerfully expressed moral judgements.

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It is yet a higher speech of his, than the other much too high for a heathenIt is true greatness, to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God.

There is a master of scoffing, that in his catalogue of books of a feigned library, sets down this title of a book, The Morris-Dance of Heretics.

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Concerning the means of procuring unity; men must beware, that in the procuring, or reuniting, of religious unity, they do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity, and of human society. But if it were done less partially, it would be embraced more generally. For this is but to dash the first table against the second; and so to consider men as Christians, as we forget that they are men. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. Saith he, If it be well weighed, to say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. Peace is not the matter, but following, and party. Of Adversity IT WAS an high speech of Seneca after the manner of the Stoics , that the good things, which belong to prosperity, are to be wished; but the good things, that belong to adversity, are to be admired. A man would die, though he were neither valiant, nor miserable, only upon a weariness to do the same thing so oft, over and over. For truth and falsehood, in such things, are like the iron and clay, in the toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image; they may cleave, but they will not incorporate. It establisheth faith; it kindleth charity; the outward peace of the church, distilleth into peace of conscience; and it turneth the labors of writing, and reading of controversies, into treaties of mortification and devotion. The nature of such controversies is excellently expressed, by St.

Death hath this also; that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy. The one is, when the matter of the point controverted, is too small and light, not worth the heat and strife about it, kindled only by contradiction.

For this is but to dash the first table against the second; and so to consider men as Christians, as we forget that they are men.

Cosmus, duke of Florence, had a desperate saying against perfidious or neglecting friends, as if those wrongs were unpardonable; You shall read saith he that we are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends. Certainly, the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin, and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto nature, is weak.

But howsoever these things are thus in men's depraved judgments, and affections, yet truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.

It establisheth faith; it kindleth charity; the outward peace of the church, distilleth into peace of conscience; and it turneth the labors of writing, and reading of controversies, into treaties of mortification and devotion.

And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. It is worthy the observing, that there is no passion in the mind of man, so weak, but it mates, and masters, the fear of death; and therefore, death is no such terrible enemy, when a man hath so many attendants about him, that can win the combat of him.

It is to this period that we owe the last and most popular work published in his lifetime, the Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral Focusing on the ethical, political and historical constraints and influences on human behaviour andfollowing principles laid down by rhetorical theory, Bacon sought to systematize his observations on such diverse topics as beauty, deformity, fortune, adversity, ambition, friendship, truth, marriage, atheism and superstition.

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Let that be left unto the Anabaptists, and other furies. Bona rerum secundarum optabilia; adversarum mirabilia. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. For as in the natural body, a wound, or solution of continuity, is worse than a corrupt humor; so in the spiritual. Septimius Severus in despatch; Adeste si quid mihi restat agendum. The most tolerable sort of revenge, is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy; but then let a man take heed, the revenge be such as there is no law to punish; else a man's enemy is still before hand, and it is two for one. For truth and falsehood, in such things, are like the iron and clay, in the toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image; they may cleave, but they will not incorporate. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth. But howsoever these things are thus in men's depraved judgments, and affections, yet truth, which only doth judge itself, teacheth that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making, or wooing of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong, putteth the law out of office. And if any man should do wrong, merely out of ill-nature, why, yet it is but like the thorn or briar, which prick and scratch, because they can do no other. When Sir Nicholas died he had settled land on his first four sons, guaranteeing them a stable existence among the country gentry, where they could farm their land, enjoy hunting and other field sports, and perhaps indulge some hobbies. But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt; such as we spake of before.

This edition is based on the Oxford Authors series complete with notes on Bacon's rich vocabulary and substantial annotation.

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