|Francis Bacon. (15611626). Essays, Civil and Moral.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|The Epistle Dedicatory|
To the Right Honorable my very good Lo. the Duke of Buckingham his Grace, Lo. High Admiral of England.
| EXCELLENT LO.|
Solomon says, A good name is as a precious ointment; and I assure myself, such will your Graces name be with posterity. For your fortune and merit both have been eminent. And you have planted things that are like to last. I do now publish my Essays; which, of all my other works, have been most current; for that, as it seems, they come home to mens business and bosoms. I have enlarged them both in number and weight; so that they are indeed a new work. I thought it therefore agreeable to my affection and obligation to your Grace, to prefix your name before them, both in English and in Latin. For I do conceive that the Latin volume of them (being in the universal language) may last as long as books last. My Instauration I dedicated to the King; my History of Henry the Seventh (which I have now also translated into Latin), and my portions of Natural History, to the Prince; and these I dedicate to your Grace; being of the best fruits that by the good increase which God gives to my pen and labors I could yield. God lead your Grace by the hand.
Your Graces most obliged and
FR. ST. ALBAN.