Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians

 

 

by

W.F.C. Wigston

London

1888

 

CONTENTS

ChapterI.

Bacon And The Rosicrucians

DeQuincey's statements misleading--Rosicrucians not goldseekers--Rosicrucians reveal Baconian ends--Their Book of Nature reflected in Bacon's "Sylva Sylvarum" --Maier visits England--On his return to Germany seeks to found a Society--Bacon was enlisting the services of learned men beyond the seas for some secret purpose unknown to us--History of the Royal Society mixed up with the history of the Rosicrucian Campanella--Testimony of Des Cartes, Liebnitz, Helmont, showing the Rosicrucian Society did not exist abroad--Parallels between Bacon's writings and Fludd's --Allusions to Solomon, Persian Magic, and the Star in the East, both by Fludd and Bacon in identical language--Bacon adopted the Rosicrucian emblem or type of Architecture and Agriculture.

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Chapter II.

Notes on Rosicrucian Literature

Strange correspondence between Rosicrucian literature and the date of Shakespeare's death,1616--The controversy is at its height in 1617, when the Englishman Robert Fludd defends the Order against the attacks of foreigners--Bacon's term INSTAURATION also used by the Rosicrucians in the sense of RESTORATION of Arts and Sciences--Burton's evidence in his "Anatomy of Melancholy," 1621--Statement that the founder of the Rosicrucian Order was then living--"Omnium artium et scientiarum instarrator" --In England only Rosicrucianism took root, showing its origin--Fludd receives money from abroad, and publishes at Frankfort--Receives letters from foreigners--His own words prove originality--Parallels.

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Chapter III.

Rosicrucian Parallels to Bacon's Writings

Air, Soul, Spirit--Bees and Roses--Rose and Lily--The Raven and Dove--Weapon-Salve--The Chain of Nature--Pan--Orpheus--Strife and Friendship--The giving of Names--Foundations--Nil nisi Parculus- -Signets or Seals--Magnalia or Marvels--The Lion's Whelp--Rosicrucian Curiosities--Everlasting Lamps--The Pythagorean number Thirty-Six--Heydon's "Land of the Rosicrucians"identical line with Bacon's "New Atlantis".

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Chapter IV.

General Remarks

Bacon's "Restoration of Knowledge" connected with his "New Atlantis,"the seat of the "Secret Doctrine"--The six days of Creation --Hint for the Creative Cycles connected with the Naros--Fondness of Rosicrucians for the week as a type--Bacon's extraordinary predilection for Solomon-- Bacon and Campanella--The City of the Sun--Parallels presented in the play of the "Tempest"--Ben Jonson's "Fortunate Isles"--Allusions to Roscicrucians.

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Chapter V.

Bacon's "Holy War"

The Templar origin of the Rosicrucians--Bacon writes in the spirit of a Knight Templar, urging a Crusade--Though only a peaceable one with pens--Suspicious references to different Orders--Bacon refers to the Temple and its rebuilding--The House of Wisdom--Bacon's Anti-Papal and Anti-Mahommedan Spirit--Bacon's allusions to Sacrifice--His renunciation and complete self-effacement--These were Rosicrucian doctrines.

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Chapter VI.

Hermes Stella

Bacon's Astrological MSS.Notes, 1603, with strange Parallels form the Rosicrucians, Robert Fludd--The German Text of the sixth chapter of Fludd's "Tractatus Apologeticus,"1617, showing how in 1603 the planet Jupiter was in conjunction with Saturn.

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Appendix

Cipher Tables--Notes upon the mispaging in the 1640 "Advancement of Learning"--English words in the text of the first edition of the "Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosy Cross," 1616--Maier's locality of the Rosicrucians--Plainly the Hesperides or Atlantis.

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