Saturday, April 30, 2011

Parallel - Free as Mountain Winds

First, Shake-Speare:

Prospero: "Thou shalt be as free
           as mountain winds".
The Tempest  1.2.499-500

Now, Bacon: "Inquire into the nature of the winds, whether some are not free...What do mountains contribute to them"?
      An aide-memoire by Bacon in his History of Winds

Comment:  How many authors wanting a simile for freedom would think of mountain winds? But the topic was evidently of interest to Bacon and Shake-Speare.

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