My Instauration, I dedicated to the King: My Historie of Henry the Seventh, (which I have now also translated into Latine) and my Portions of Naturall History, to the Prince: And these I dedicate to your Grace; Being of the best Fruits, that by the good Encrease, which God gives to my Pen and Labours, I could yeeld. Your Graces most Obliged and faithfull Servant, Fr.
The Essays are written in a wide range of styles, from the plain and unadorned to the epigrammatic.
Celsus could never have spoken it as a physician, had he not been a wise man withal, when he giveth it for one of the great precepts of health and lasting, that a man do vary, and interchange contraries, but with an inclination to the more benign extreme: use fasting and full eating, but rather full eating; watching and sleep, but rather sleep; sitting and exercise, but rather exercise; and the like.
So shall nature be cherished, and yet taught masteries.
For those diets alter the body more, and trouble it less.
Despise no new accident in your body, but ask opinion of it.I thought it therefore agreeable, to my Affection, and Obligation to your Grace, to prefix your Name before them, both in English, and in Latine.For I doe conceive, that the Latine Volume of them, (being in the Universall Language) may last, as long as Bookes last.Find out more in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy.To The Right Honorable My Very Good Lord the Duke of Buckingham His Grace, Lord High Admiral of England Excellent Lord: SALOMON saies; A good Name is as a precious oyntment; And I assure my selfe, such wil your Graces Name bee, with Posteritie. Seene and Allowed (1597) was the first published book by the philosopher, statesman and jurist Francis Bacon.They cover topics drawn from both public and private life, and in each case the essays cover their topics systematically from a number of different angles, weighing one argument against another.I doe now publish my Essayes; which, of all my other workes, have beene most Currant: For that, as it seemes, they come home, to Mens Businesse, and Bosomes.I have enlarged them, both in Number, and Weight; So that they are indeed a New Worke.Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.Beware of sudden change, in any great point of diet, and, if necessity enforce it, fit the rest to it.