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con, 'Tall men are like high houses of four or fice stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst furnished.”
His lordship had a becoming sense of the strength of his own intellectual powers, and of the value of the treasures which he gave to the world. Of this we have a proof in his last will, where he says— For my name and meinory, I leave it to men's charitable speech, to foreign nations, and the next ages.' And posterity have done him justice ; abroad he has been admired and read more than at home; though even in our own country his great character has been justly appreciated by men of judgment. Dr. Johnson had a high opinion of him, and expressed an inclination to write his life—the life of a man,' said he, in his strong way, from whose works alone a dictionary of the English language may be com. piled.'
Passing over numerous encomiums which have been made upon the rare genius of this illustrious philosopher, by the learned men of other nations, we shall content ourselves with quoting here a passage from the lectures of a modern French professor: • The most striking events in antiquity, its most brilliant thoughts, its richest and happiest expressions, and most ingenious sentiments were constantly present to the memory of Bacon ; and his genius improved and embellished these still more by introducing thein in his works. The autieut mythology had among its divinities one
who was represented with two faces, the one turned towards past ages, which he surveyed at a glance, the other to future times, which, though not yet in existence, were comprehended within his view; we may say with propriety that such a representation is the image and emblem of the genius of Bacon.*
* M. Garat, Professor of Metaphysics in the national schools of France.
SIR WALTER RALEIGH.
Few have been the instances in which the love of literature, and science has been united with a spirit of commercial adventure, the ardour of military enterprize, and the restlessness of political ambition. Yet our history supplies us with an example in which all these qualities, with many others, assembled in the person of one man.
It is true, he lived in a reign peculiarly favourable to the energies of genius ; and the exercise of great talents in public life; when wit and learning were esteemed only as they were actively employed, and when no man was considered as either good or great who was not useful by his services to his sovereign and his country.
The name of Raleigh is too familiar to the English reader to require a long biographical detail. He was born in 1552, of an antient family, in the parish of Budleigh, iaDevonshire, a county which has produced more naval heroes than any other. At the age of sixteen, young Raleigh was sent to Oriel college, Oxford, where he remained but a short time, as we find him in 1569, a volunteer in a troop of gentlemen who went to France to aid the persecuted protestants in that country. He served there five or six years, and was in several severe battles, particularly that of