Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Sample of Bacon-Shakespeare Parallels

A small sample of the many parallels in language and thought between Bacon and Shake-Speare. These are not necessarily those most critical for establishing part of the authorship argument. But those that are will be found later and with accompanying analysis.

Macbeth or Bacon?
"The Spanish have a proverb, 'To-morrow, tomorrow; and when to-morrow comes, to-morrow.." Bacon
"...life is but the shadow of death..." Bacon
"It is nothing else but words, which rather sound than signify anything." Bacon

This above all- to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man." Hamlet (Polonius)

"Be so true to thyself as thou be not false to others." Essay of Wisdom - Bacon
First, Hamlet:
"Polonius. What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet. Words, words, words.
Polonius. What is the matter, my lord?"
"Here, then, is the first distemper of learning, when men study words and not matter."  Advancement of Learning - Bacon
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in it." Hamlet - Shakespeare
"They were only taking pains to show a kind of method and discretion in their madness" Novum Organum - Bacon
" From the tables Of my memory I'll wipe away all saws of books." Hamlet
"Tables of the mind differ from the common tables...you will scarcely wipe out the former records unless you shall have inscribed the new." Bacon
"I saw him run after a gilden butterfly; and when he caught it he let it go again, and after it again, and over and over he comes, and up again, catch'd it again..." Coriolanus

"...and if her Majesty will not take me, it may be selling by parcels will be more gainful. For to be, as I have told you, a child following a bird, which when he is nearest flieth away and lighteth a little before, and then the child after it again, and so on ad infinitum...." Letter to Fulke Greville - Bacon
"Love me little love me long." (Bacon's notebook--Promus, 959)
"Love moderately: long love doth so." Romeo And Juliet, 2.6.14
"Assume a virtue if you have it not." Hamlet - Shakespeare
"Whatever a want a man hath, he must see that he pretend the virtue that shadoweth it." Advancement of Learning - Bacon
"There's such divinity doth hedge a king
That treason dares not look on."  Hamlet
"God hath implanted such a majesty in the face of a prince that no private man dare approach the person of his sovereign with a traitorous intent." - Bacon
"A Fools Bolt is soon shot." K.Henry V,iii,7
"A fools bolt is soon shot" - Bacon
"And thus the native hue of resolution is sickled o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment with this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action." Hamlet

"So the unresolved man executes nothing." Bacon
"To be once in doubt is once to be resolved." Othello
"Not to resolve is to resolve." Bacon
:...Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason," Hamlet
"Thus is fortitude the marshal of thoughts, the armour of the will, and the fort of Reason." Bacon

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