Author Penn Leary asks :
Did Francis Bacon's contemporaries believe that he was a lawyer turned poet?
In the Scourge of Folly, John Davies of Hereford (1565-1618) wrote this epigram:
To the Royall Ingenious and All-learned Knight--
Sr Francis Bacon
Thy bounty and the Beauty of thy Witt
Compris'd in Lists of Lawand the learned Arts,
Each making thee for great Imployment fitt,
Which now thou hast, (though short of thy deserts)
Compells my pen to let fall shining Inke
And to bedew the Baies that deck thy Front;
And to thy health in Helicon to drinke
As to her Bellamour the Muse is wont;
For thou dost her embozom; and dost vse
Her company for sport twixt graue affaires.
So vtter'st Law the liuelyer through the Muse.
And for that all thy Notes are sweetest Aires;
My Muse thus notes thy worth in ev'ry Line.
With ynke which thus she sugers; so, to shine.___________
Penn Leary concludes :
Thus John Davies in 1610 states plainly that Francis Bacon was a poet and that he had woven into his works spirited illustrations of the law. John Davies was the same man to whom Bacon had written a letter which concluded, "so desiring you to be good to concealed poets."
&emdash; Chapter 6, from "The Second Cryptographic Shakespeare," by Penn Leary