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THINE is a Bacon-hapless in his choice;
Plato, the Stagyrite, and Tully joined.
The great deliverer He! who from the gloom
With radiant finger points to Heaven again.
THESE elegant lines of Thomson afford a short but comprehensive idea of the illustrious man whose life, and character now engage our attention.
England, at a distance of three centuries, produced two celebrated genius' of this name. Roger Bacon, a poor friar of the thirteenth century, made the most astonishing discoveries in physics, to the wonder and dismay of a barbarous age, which accused him of sorcery, and compelled him to justify himself from a supposed familiarity with the devil; and Francis Bacon, who developed 66