THE GODFATHER TO THE AMERICAN FOREFATHERS

Sir Francis Bacon

From these and all long errors of the way
In which our wandering predecessors went,
And like th' old Hebrews many years did stray
In deserts but of small extent
Bacon, like Moses, led us forth at last,
The barren wilderness he past,
Did on the very border stand
Of the blest promis'd land,
And from the mountain top of his exalted wit,
Saw it himself and shew'd us it.

-- from Abraham Cowley, voicing a common sentiment of the foundation of the British Royal Society in 1662

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"For Europe is with child, and shall bring forth a strong child, who is in need of a great godfather's gift."-- Fama & Confession of Rosicrucianism 1614

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