Full text: Bacon, Francis: Sylva sylvarum

New Atlantis. over at the top with a fine Net of Silk and Silver: But the ſubſtance of it
is true Ivy, where of, after it is taken down, the Friends of the Family are
deſirous to have ſome Leaf or Sprig to keep. The Tirſan cometh forth with
all his Generation or Lineage, the Males before him, and the Females fol-
lowing him. And if there be a Mother, from whoſe body the whole Li-
neage is deſcended, there is a Traverſe placed in a Loft above on the right
hand of the Chair, with a Privy Door, and a carved Window of Glaſs,
leaded with Gold and Blew, where ſhe ſitteth, but is not ſeen. When
the Tirſan is come forth, he ſitteth down in the Chair, and all the Li-
neage place themſelves againſt the Wall, both at his back, and upon the
return of the Half-pace, in order of their years, without difference of
Sex, and ſtand upon their Feet. When he is ſet, the room being always
full of company, but well kept, and without diſorder, after ſome paute
there cometh in from the lower end of the room a Taratan, (which is as
much as an Herauld) and on either ſide of him two young Lads, where-
of one carrieth a Scroul of their ſhining yellow Parchment, and the other
a cluſter of Grapes of Gold, with a long foot or ſtalk: The Herauld
and Children are clothed with Mantles of Sea-water-green Sattin, but the
Heraulds Mantle is ſtreamed with Gold, and hath a Train. Then the
Herauld, with three Courteſies, or rather Inclinations, cometh up as far
as the Half pace, and there firſt taketh into his hand the Scroul. This
Scoul is the Kings Charter, containing Gift of Revenue, and many Pri-
viledges, Exemptions, and Points of Honor granted to the Father of
the Family; and it is ever ſtiled and directed, To ſuch an one, Our wel-
beloved Friend and Creditor, which is a Title proper onely to this caſe: For
they ſay, the King is Debtor to no Man, but for propagation of his Sub-
jects. The Seal ſet to the Kings Charter, is the Kings Image imboſſed or
moulded in Gold. And though ſuch Charters be expedited of courſe,
and as of right, yet they are varied by diſcretion, according to the num-
ber and dignity of the Family. This Charter the Herauld readeth aloud; and while it is read, the Father or Tirſan ſtandeth up, ſupported by two
of his Sons, ſuch as he chuſeth. Then the Herauld mounteth the Half-
pace, and delivereth the Charter into his hand, and with that there is an ac-
clamation by all that are preſent in their Language, which is thus much,
Happy are the People of Benſalem. Then the Herauld taketh into his hand
from the other Childe the cluſter of Grapes, which is of Gold, both the
S@alk and the Grapes; but the Grapes are daintily enamelled: And if the
Males of the Family be the greater number, the Grapes are enamelled
Purple, with a little Sun ſet on the top; if the Females, then they are
enamelled into a greeniſh yellow, with a Creſcent on the top. The
Grapes are in number as many as there are Deſcendants of the Family. This Golden Cluſter the Herauld delivereth alſo to the Tirſan, who pre-
ſently delivereth it over to that Son that he had formerly choſen to be in
houſe with him; who beareth it before his Father as an Enſign of Honor
when he goeth in publick ever aſter, and is thereupon called The Son of
the Vine. After this Ceremony ended, the Father or Tirſan retireth, and
after ſome time cometh ſorth again to Dinner, where he ſitteth alone
under the State as before; and none of his Deſcendants ſit with him; of
what degree or dignity ſoever, except he hap to be of Solomons Houſe. He is ſerved onely by his own Children, ſuch as are Male, who perform
unto him all ſervice of the Table upon the knee; and the Women onely
ſtand about him, leaning againſt the Wall. The Room below his Half pace


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