Witte and Whimsy: Happy Valentine’s Day!

EMS wishes you a happy St. Valentines!

Here’s a nice little love poem to books, from Francis Bacon’s “The Wisdom of the Ancients” (1619):

To the Booke

Rich mine of Art: Minnion of Mercury;
True Truch-man of the mind of Mystery

Inventions storehouse; Nymph of Helicon:
Deepe moralist of Times tradition:

Unto this Paragon of Brutus race
Present thy service, and with cheerefull grace

Say (if Pythagoras beleev’d may bee)
The soule of ancient Wisdome lives in thee.


Bacon, Francis. The Wisedome of the Ancients, Written in Latine by the Right Honourable Sir Francis Bacon Knight, Baron of Verulam, and Lord Chancelor or England. Done into English by Sir Arthur Gorges Knight. Early English Books, 1475-1640 / 822:03. London : Imprinted by Iohn Bill, 1619, first pages.

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