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.
Entertain hopes; mirth rather than joy; variety of delights, rather than surfeit of them; wonder and admiration, and therefore novelties; studies that fill the mind with splendid and illustrious objects, as histories, fables, and contemplations of nature.
If you fly physic in health altogether, it will be too strange for your body, when you shall need it.
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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.
If you make it too familiar, it will work no extraordinary effect, when sickness cometh.
I commend rather some diet for certain seasons, than frequent use of physic, except it be grown into a custom.