Identity of Expression

 

Francis Bacon, in a letter which he wrote to King James in 1619 (this letter not being printed until after Bacon's death) writes :

"Love must creep in service where it cannot go."

In "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," first printed in the "Shakespeare" Folio of 1623, Act 4, Scene 2, we read,

"Love will creep in service where it cannot go."

The author of the plays in the Folio could not have copied from Bacon's unpublished letter, and Will Shaksper could not have written this phrase as he was dead seven years before the Folio was published. Did Bacon and "Shakespeare" both copy this phrase from common source? If there was no common source it follows that Bacon must have written this phrase in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

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