Full text: Bacon, Francis: Sylva sylvarum



IAm to give Advertiſement, that
there came forth of late a Tranſlation
of this Book by an unknown Perſon,
who though he wished well to the
propagating of his Lordſhips Works,
yet he was altogether unacquainted with his
Lordſhips ſtile and manner of Expreſſions, and
ſo published a Tranſlation lame and defective in
the whole. Whereupon I thought fit to re-
commend the ſame to be tranſlated anew by a
more diligent and zealous Pen, which hath ſince
travelled in it; and though it ſtill comes short
of that lively and incomparable Spirit and Ex-
preſſion, which lived and died with the Author,
yet I dare avouch it to be much more warrant-
able and agreeable then the former. It is true,
this Book was not intended to have been pub-
lished in Engliſh; but ſeeing it hath been already
made free of that Language, whatſoever benefit
or delight may redound from it, I commend the
ſame to the Courteous and Judicious Reader.

W. R.


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