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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Advancement of Learning, I. viii. 1

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
 
.. AND 1 for magnitude, as Alexander the Great, after that he was used to great armies, and the great conquests of the spacious provinces in Asia, when he received letters out of Greece, of some fights and services there … he said, It seemed to him that he was advertised of the battles of the frogs and the mice, that the old tales went of. So certainly, if a man meditate much upon the universal frame of nature, the earth with men upon it (the divineness of souls except) will not seem much other than an ant-hill, whereas some ants carry corn, and some carry their young, and some go empty, and all to and fro a little heap of dust …  1
 
Note 1. Bacon. ‘Advancement of Learning’, I. viii. 1. Modernized spelling. [back]
 
 
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