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Essays (1625)

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Sir Francis Bacon


Dedication


TO
THE RIGHT
HONORABLE MY
VERY GOOD LO. THE DVKE
of Buckingham his Grace, LO.
High Admirall of England.
EXCELLENT LO.

SALOMON saies; A good Name is as a precious oyntment; And I assure my selfe, such wil your Graces Name bee, with Posteritie. For your Fortune, and Merit both, haue beene Eminent. And you haue planted Things, that are like to last. I doe now publish my Essayes; which, of all my other workes, haue beene most Currant: For that, as it seemes, they come home, to Mens Businesse, and Bosomes. I haue enlarged them, both in Number, and Weight; So that they are indeed a New Worke. I thought it therefore agreeable, to my Affection, and Obligation to your Grace, to prefix your Name before them, both in English, and in Latine. For I doe conceiue, that the Latine Volume of them, ( being in the Vniuersall Language ) may last, as long as Bookes last. My Instauration, I dedicated to the King: My Historie of HENRY the Seuenth, ( which I haue now also translated into Latine ) and my Portions of Naturall History, to the Prince: And these I dedicate to your Grace; Being of the best Fruits, that by the good Encrease, which God giues to my Pen and Labours, I could yeeld. God leade your Grace by the Hand.

Your Graces most Obliged and faithfull Seruant,
FR. S+t+. ALBAN.


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