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Zeal, affectio, alacrity.

Omnia possu in eo qui me confortat.

Possunt quia posse vident'.

Exposition of not overweening but overwilling.
Goddes presse; voluntaries.


Chester's wytt to deprave, and otherwise not wyse.
Hast, impatience.

In actions as in wayes the neerest y fowlest.

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.
Auribus mederi difficilli-


Noluit intelligere ut bene ageret.

The fable of the Syrenes. Placidasque viri deus obstruit aures.

The ey is the gate of the affection, but the ear of the understanding.

Upon quæstio to reward evill wth evill.

Noli æmulari in malignan- Cum perverso perverteris. Lex talionis.


Crowne him with coles. Nil malo qua illos similes esse sui et me mei.

Upon quæstiō whether a mā
Quia tacui inveteraverunt

ossa mea. (Speach may
now and then breed
smart in the flesh; but
keeping it in goeth to

the bone.) Credidi propter quod lo

Silui etiam a bonis et dolor meus renovatus est.

cutus sum.


Obmutui et humiliatus Ego autem tanquam surdus non audiebam et tanq mutus non aperiens os suum.

Et folium ejus nō defluet.
Mella fluant illi, ferat et

rubus asper amomū.

Yow are not for this world.
Tanto buon che val niente.

Benedictions and Maledictions.

Dii meliora piis.
Horresco referens.

should speak or forbear speach.
Obmutui et nō aperui os
meum quonia tu fe-

It is goddes doing.
Posui custodiam ori meo
cũ consisteret peccator
adversum me.



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.1 And it may be that he once thought of drawing up directions for the execution of it, or possibly even of doing a portion by way of specimen; as his manner was. Here at any rate is the plan of an elaborate treatise on the subject.


The syn against the holy ghost-termed in zeal by one of the fathers.

Cause of oths, quarells, expence and unthriftines: ydlenes and indispositiō of the mynd to labors.

Art of forgetting; cause of society, acquaintance, familiarity in frends; neere and ready attendance in servants; recreatio and putting of melancholy.

1 Catalogus Historiarum particularium, secundum capita.

2 Harl. MSS. 7017. f. 110. The writing goes down to the very bottom of the first page.

Putting of malas curas et cupiditates.

Games of activity and passetyme; of act. of strength, quicknes; quick of ey, hand, legg, the whole mocō: strength of arme; legge; of activity, of sleight.

Of passetyme onely; of hazard; of play mixt. Of hazard; meere hazard; cunnyng in making y game: Of playe; exercise of attentio: of memory : of dissimulation of discrecō.

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: Judgm'. Groome porter: Christmas: Inventiō for hunger (?). Oddes: stake: sett.

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

Frier Gilbert.

Ye lott; earnest in old tyme sport now, as musike out of Church to chamb'.

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