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“ Formulæ are but decent and apt passages and conveyances of speech, which may serve indifferently for differing subjects; as of preface, conclusion, digression, transition, excusation, &c. For as in buildings there is great pleasure and use in the wellcasting of the stair-cases, entries, doors, windows, and the like: so in speech, the conveyances and passages are of special ornament and effect.”
Of these antitheta, a considerable collection is given in the De Augmentis by way of example. The Analogia Cæsaris contains several examples of these formula. The paper before us seems to belong rather to the former class. The sentences appear to have been written in the first instance consecutively, without any note of the subjects to which they are to be referred. The titles have been added afterwards in the margin. I distinguish them here by Italics.
FORMULARIES, PROMUS. 27 Jan. 1595.
Against conceyt of difficulty or impossibility.
Abstinence and negatives.
Curious, busy without judgm', good direction.
Zeal, affectio, alacrity.
I Vol. III. p. 412.
On the back of the sheet is written“ fragments of Elegancyes.”
The other paper (fo. 108.) bears no date. It is a commencement of a collection of antitheta, the pro and contra being set down in opposite columns, under their proper heads. It is very fairly written in Bacon's own hand, and large blank spaces are left between the several heads, as if for further insertions; yet it seems to have been entirely rejected afterwards, for though some of the questions are handled in the collection of antitheta given in the De Augmentis, none of these sentences are introduced there, or not in the same relation.
Upon Impatience of Audience. Verbera sed audi.
The fable of the Syrenes. Auribus mederi difficillimum. Placidasque viri deus obstruit Noluit intelligere ut bene aures.
ageret. The ey is the gate of the affec
tion, but the ear of the understanding.
Upon questiö to reward evill wth evill. Noli æmulari in malignan- Cum perverso perverteris. tibus.
Lex talionis. Crowne him with coles. Yow are not for this world. Nil malo quā illos similes esse Tanto buon che val niente.
sui et me mei.
Upon quæstio whether a mà should speak or forbear speuch. Quia tacui inveteraverunt ossa Obmutui et no aperui os meum mea. (Speach may now quoniã tu fecisti. and then breed smart in the It is goddes doing. flesh; but keeping it in Posui custodiam ori meo cū goeth to the bone.)
consisteret peccator adverCredidi propter quod locutus sum me.
sum. VOL. VII
Obmutui et humiliatus sum. Ego autem tanquam surdus Silui etiam a bonis et dolor non audiebam et tanq" meus renovatus est.
mutus non aperiens os suum. Benedictions and Maledictions. Et folium ejus no defluet. Mella fluant illi, ferat et rubus
Dii meliora piis.
VIII. One or two other papers belonging to this bundle I may have occasion to quote hereafter, in connexion with the subjects to which they refer. But there is one which stands by itself, and though not belonging exactly to the class of “ Formularies,” is curious enough to be worth preserving, and may be allowed in default of a fitter place to come in here.
I suppose no man was less given to play than Bacon. But the following sheet of notes (written hastily and carelessly in his own Roman hand) shows that on some occasion or other he had thought a good deal about it. In the catalogue of particular histories, which were to combine into the great Natural and Experimental History that was to serve for the foundation of Philosophy, the 123rd title is Historia Ludorum omnis generis.' And it may be that he once thought of drawing up directions for the exccution of it, or possibly even of doing a portion by way of specimen; as his manner was. llere at any rate is the plan of an elaborate treatise on the subject.
PLAY. The syn against the holy ghost — termed in zeal by one of the fathers.
Cause of oths, quarells, expence and unthriftines: ydlenes and indispositið of the mynd to labors.
I Vol. 1. p. 410.
2 Harl. MSS, 7017, f. 110. The writing goes down to the very bottom of the first page.
Art of forgetting; cause of society, acquaintance, familiarity in frends; neere and ready attendance in servants; recreatio and putting of melancholy.
Putting of malas curas et cupiditates. Games of activity and passetyme; of act. of strength, quicknes; quick of ey, hand, legg, the whole moco: strength of arme; legge; of activity, of sleight.
Of passetyme onely; of hazard; of play mixt.
Of hazard; meere hazard ; cunnyng in making ye game: Of playe; exercise of attentio: of memory: of dissimulation : of discreco.
Of many hands or of receyt: of few: of quick returne, tedious ; of præsent judgm', of uncerten yssue.
Severall playes or ideas of play.
Frank play, wary play ; venturous, not venturous; quick, slowe.
Oversight: Dotage: Betts: Lookers on: Judgmo
He that folowes his losses and giveth soone over at wynnings will never gayne by play.
Ludimus incauti studioque aperimur ab ipso.
He that playeth not the begynnyng of a game well at tick tack and the later end at yrish shall never wynne.
Ye lott; earnest in old tyme sport now, as musike out of Church to chambr.
"I doubt whether this is the right word ; but it is more like it than any other I can think of. The writing comes up to the very edge of the paper here, and part of the word is perhaps lost : it may possibly have been “hangers on."