Bygone Hertfordshire

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byWilliam Andrews

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... By John T. Page. "The great deliverer he! who from the gloom Of cloister'd monks, and jargon-teaching schools, Led forth the true Philosophy, there long Held in the magic chain of words and forms." IN his famous essay on Bacon, Lord Macaulay tells us that " from the day of his death his fame has been constantly and steadily progressive." To the "next age" Bacon bequeathed his name and memory. This shows how well he judged the lasting value of his work. He knew instinct-ively that it was based on a firm foundation, and that if his life and work could only be separated and assayed apart on their respective merits, the latter would undoubtedly come out of the crucible pure and sterling in its worth. The wording of his will shows that he deemed many episodes of his life to have been animated by base and sordid motives; it also betrays a genuine confidence as to the quality of his legacy to the world at large. It is passing strange that two of the greatest minds the world has ever seen, those of Bacon and Shakespeare, should have existed contemporaneously. Neither before nor since their time have such prodigies of intellect appeared. Dean Church, in speaking of the two, aptly terms Bacon's "the highest, richest, largest mind but one, in the age which had seen Shakespeare and his fellows." Alluding to the controversy which has raged (and possibly may be still raging) around these two great names, he adds that Bacon's mind was "so bright and rich and large that there have even been found those who identify him with the writer of Hamlet and Othello. That is idle. Bacon could no more have written the plays than Shakespeare could have prophecied the triumphs of natural philosophy." This criticism is just, and shows at a glance the characteristics and limits of thes...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... By John T. Page. "The great deliverer he! who from the gloom Of cloister'd monks, and jargon-teaching schools, Led forth the t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217452566

ISBN - 13:9780217452564

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