Francis Bacon On Adversity
A Philosophical Hymn to Fortitude
Francis Bacon’s “Of Adversity” is less than 400 words in length. It is however one of the most beautiful of his Essays, both in its theme and in its language.
“It was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics),” Bacon begins, “that the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong…