In the second edition of "Hamlet," published in 1604, we find the lines :
"Sense, sure, you have
Else you could not have motion."
-Act 3, Scene 4
Referring to the old doctrine that everything that
has motion must have sense. This doctrine is not repudiated in
Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning , published in 1605,
but in the edition of this book, published in 1623, he changes his
opinion and declares that this doctrine is untrue.
Is it a coincidence that in the revised version of "Hamlet" in The First Folio, dated 1623 (the same year), the above mentioned passage is omitted? Once more we find that the man responsible for the First Folio changes his opinion the same time that Francis Bacon did?
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