George Sandys

 

Both "Shakespeare" and Bacon must have read George Sandys' Journey, because they both quote from this book--"Shakespeare" in his plays, and Bacon in his Sylva Sylvarum. Here are a few examples :

Bacon: "The Water of Nilus is sweeter than other waters in taste."

Sandys: "Than the waters whereof there is none so sweet."
Sandys : "They put the water in large jars of stone, stirring it about with a few stamped almonds."

Bacon : "It is certain that in Egypt they prepare and clairfy the water of the Nile by putting it in great jars of stone and stirring it about with a few stamped almonds."

Bacon : "Upon that very day when the river first riseth great plagues in Cairo used suddenly to break up."

Sandys : "The Plague, which here oft miserably rageth, upon the first of the flood doth instantly cease."

"Shakespeare": "They tke the flow o' the Nile
By certain scales i' the Pyramid."

Sandys : By the pillar, standing in a vault within the castle, entered by the Nile they measure his increase.

"Shakespeare" : "The higher Nilus swells, the more it promises."

Sandys : " Answerable to the increase to the increase of the river, is the plenty or scarcity of the year succeeding."

The above two quotations from Shakespeare are from "Antony and Cleopatra," Act 2, Scene 7.

Sandys' Journey was not published until a few months before Will Shaksper died, so Will Shaksper had no time to read this book and take extracts to insert in the play of "Antony and Cleopatra," and that play was not published until seven years after Will Shaksper had died.

Is it a coincidence that "Shakespeare" and Bacon are known to have read George Sandy's book of Travels, and both to have quoted from it?

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