Personal History of Lord Bacon: From Unpublished Papers

Personal History of Lord Bacon: From Unpublished Papers

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Personal History of Lord Bacon: From Unpublished Papers

Personal History of Lord Bacon: From Unpublished Papers

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A FINE wit has told the world that all men and women, all youths and girls, are true poets, save only those who write in verse. In such a saying, as in all good wit, there lies a core of truth. Men who have kept the poetry of their lives unshaped by art stand face to face with nature, seeing the blue sky, the bursting leaf, the hush of noon, the rising and setting sun, the green glade, the flowing sea, as these things are; not as they appear in books, cut off into lengths of lines, tricked into antithetical phrase, rounded and closed by rhyme. No false rule of art impels a man who sees and feels, but who does not mean to write or paint, to squint at a group of elms, to peer through his hand at moonlight shimmering on a lake, or at sunset on the tops of a range of hills; for such a man has no thought of how tree, lake, and alp may be described in verse of five or six feet, or of the lines in which this or that old painter would have framed

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