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

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
 
SO 1 as it appeareth that Poesy serveth and conferreth to magnanimity [and] morality and to delectation. And therefore it was ever thought to have some participation of divineness, because it doth raise and erect the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind: whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind unto the nature of things.  1
 
Note 1. Bacon. ‘Advancement of Learning’. 1605. II. 4, § 2. Spelling modernized. The omission of the conjunction that I have inserted was probably intended to couple magnanimity with morality. The Latin is ‘Non solum ad delectationem sed etiam ad animi magnitudinem et ad mores conferat.’ But for this sense we require the conjunction. [back]
 
 
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