Francis Bacon Wrote Shakespeare

The Arguments Pro and Con
Frankly Dealt With

By

H. Crouch Batchelor

 

San Francisco:
John Howell, 328 Post Street

1912

Contents

Chapter

Page

I. Introduction

1

II.The Character of Francis Bacon

9

III. Circumstantial Considerations

19

IV. Furthur Historical Allusions to Shakespeare

26

V.The Life of Shakespeare The Actor

39

VI. The "Lives of Shakespeare"

51

VII. The Life of Francis Bacon

62

VIII. Poetry

91

IX.Love

102

X. Law

111

X. Minute Indications of Authorship

117

XI. Concluding Remarks

126

Appendix

141

 

Bacon vs. Shakespeare

Advice to English Schoolboys

Shaksper

To gain command of English words and every grammar rule,
'Tis best to be a butcher's son and never go to school.

To from good plays in perfect style, and full of classic knowledge, 'Tis
best to be a poacher bold, and never go to college.

To write of ladies, lords and dukes, of kings and kingly sport,
'Tis best to be a common man and never go to court.

To write about philosophy and law and medicine,
'Tis best to stand at horses' heads, and never read a line.

To treat of foreign lands in strains that all men must applaud,
'Tis best to stay in England and never go abroad.

To scale the heights of human bliss and sound the depths of woe,
'Tis best to make a steady "pile" and never let go.

If come to ripe maturity when genius has full play,
'Tis best to lead an easy life and lay the pen away.

To show that "knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to Heaven,"
'Tis best that to your own dear child no lessons should be given.

To surely earn immortal fame as England's greatest bard,
'Tis best to leave no manuscripts and die of "drinking hard."

 

Bacon

To win injustice and contempt from every biased mind,
'Tis best to be "the wisest and the brightest of mankind."

 

Shake-Speare

To warn the strong, to teach the proud, to give new knowledge scope,
'Twas best to use a nom-de-plume , and write in faith and hope
That future ages, wiser grown, would learn the royal rule,
That knowledge does not come to those who never go to school.

--E.C. S.

 

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