SONNET NO. 33Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchymy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendour on my brow;
But out! alack! he was but one hour mine,
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain, when heaven's sun staineth.
Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day,
And make me travel forth without my cloak,
To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,
Hiding thy bravery in their rotten smoke?
`Tis not enough that through the cloud thou break,
To dry the rain on my storm-beaten face,
For no man well of such a salve can speak,
That heals the wound, and cures not the disgrace:
Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief;
Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss:
The offender's sorrow lends but weak relief
To him that bears the strong offence's cross,
Ah! but those tears are pearl which thy love sheds,
And they are rich, and ransom all ill deeds.
These two sonnets are a pair and cannot be separated.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-my sun,
my brow, my love, my cloak, my way, my storm-beaten face, my grief (see 27 and 29).
These two sonnets are conclusive evidence that they were never written by Will Shakspere of Stratford.
They show that the poet had in his mind's eye a view of a
plain with a stream running through it and in the distance
mountains, the tops of which are bathed in sunlight, which is
making the stream shine like gold.
There is no evidence to show that Will Shakspere ever saw a
mountain in the whole of his life, his whole life being spent
either at Stratford or in London.
When Francis Bacon wrote these sonnets his mind returned
to the time when he had visited Italy and he visualised a scene
in the plains of Lombardy with a range of mountains in the
distant view topped by sunshine.
As we know, Bacon was a very able lawyer who, at the age of
46, was made Solicitor General. At 51 he was made Attorney
General-then successively-Lord Keeper-Lord Chancellor
-and was created Viscount St. Alban-a peer of the Realm.
Lord Chancellor was the highest post in the Realm. Yet within
three years of his succeeding to this High Office he was wrong-
fully accused of taking bribes-the victim of a vicious plot
concocted by Sir Edward Coke-the leader of the House of
Commons. The plot succeeded. Bacon denied all the charges
but the King became alarmed because he knew that if Bacon
was acquitted, Parliament would turn on his favourite, Bucking-
ham, and his minions, Mitchell and Mompesson, who had been
extorting money by means of monopolies.
Buckingham urged the King to implore Bacon to abandon
his defence and the King, to save his favourite, thinking if
proceedings were taken against Buckingham his throne might
be jeopardised, sent for Bacon and asked him as a loyal subject
to submit, telling Bacon that if he would do this, whatever
sentence was passed on Bacon, the King would arrange for a
full pardon. Bacon therefore sumitted to his master, the King's
command. Bacon was, therefore, fined £40,000, imprisoned
and stripped of his office. No one took any steps to get the
fine paid-and Bacon was released at once, which shows that
the charges against him were false.
In these sonnets-addressed to the King-Bacon expressed his feelings at the treachery of the King. The author of these sonnets refers to his disgrace. How could they have be written by Shakespere who never suffered any disgrace?
Readers should note that shortly after these events, Bacon wrote a letter to his friend Gondomar in which he writes-" The King did not speak to me as a guilty man but as a man thrown down by a tempest". Which shewes that the King knew that Bacon was not guilty but the victim of circumstances.
Sonnet No.33 begins by referring to "the sun with sovereign eye ". (Note that Bacon repeatedly in some of his letter figures royalty with the sun). This sonnet is addressed to King James and Bacon says that the sun of royalty did at one time shine upon him but clouds of disgrace arose and hid him
from the sun.
Bacon complains that he ventured forth without a cloak, that the rain of disgrace descended and hid him from his Sovereign-that though the King afterwards regretted what had happened, this did not cure the disgrace that Bacon had suffered by pleading guilty to the false charges made against him. Bacon says that the King's shame, although a physic to Bacon's grief at his disgrace, did not cure the loss of his reputation and that he still had to bear the cross as a strong offender.
The man who wrote these two sonnets had suffered very deeply, and they have no reference to the life of Shakspere, who prospered and suffered no misfortunes whatever, living a peaceful life both at Stratford and in London.
Note that Bacon numbers the first of these two sonnets 33 to draw the reader's attention to this because the No.33 represents the numerical count of the word Bacon. He also arrange that there should be exactly 33 letters in the first line of Sonnet No. 33 for the same reason.