SIR FRANCIS BACON 1561 - 1626
Francis Bacon in his will said he wanted to be 'buried obscurely' so is he really buried in St Albans or just perhaps here in St Gregorys, Norwich? Burial place of another Francis Bacon of Norwich. Here is something we discovered sometime back whilst visiting the Church. The eulogy can only be for the great philosopher and it is this which makes us believe he is and what a great discovery that will be. We could be completely wrong but on the other hand!
In part it reads: a touchstone, a Solomon here on earth impartial (if anyone is) like the judge in heaven. At last he is at rest and lies here although he but lies in wait impervious to sand and decay who scolded the world with oratorical attacks and the select few abandoned this good discoverer for the multiple unholy gods justice unsaid on earth.
The following is taken from a website we found:
The wall monument pays eulogy in Latin to St Francis which basically says he was a worthy judge who deserves to be mourned .There are also references to his refusal to abandon his allegiance to the crown and his subsequent return to Norwich. All of these facets are illustrated by references to biblical and mythological figures:
Niobe : A mortal woman in Greek mythology whose fourteen children were killed by the Gods and whom is often a symbol of mourning Solomon : Solomon was the builder of the "First Temple of the Lord" in Jerusalem.In the bible he is described as being great in wisdom, wealth, and power. Astraea : In Greek mythology Astraea ("star-maiden") was a daughter of Zeus and Themis. She and her mother were both personifications of justice. As mankind became wicked, she was the last of the immortals to stay on earth, ascending to heaven to become the constellation Virgo. The scales of justice she carried became the nearby constellation Libra.
The final paragraph makes reference to another Francis Bacon and to St Albans. This is believed to be a reference to Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher
The translation reads :
"Who comes here, may I ask, who seeks Niobe who has been turned to stone and whose tears dry up the sea? No one can run away from such tears unless they are part of the sea. Be not silent men of stony speech. Equality is indeed just when making laws. He came here burdened, wasted and weighed down. You do not know the unknown. He heard like the Etruscan soldier not wanting to bend to the law for whom is this hymn-like monument of law a mediator, a judge, a reference point, a touchstone, a Solomon here on earth impartial (if anyone is) like the judge in heaven.
At last he is at rest and lies here although he but lies in wait impervious to sand and decay who scolded the world with oratorical attacks and the select few abandoned this good discoverer for the multiple unholy gods justice unsaid on earth. The justice of the angry heavens left the earth to flee to the stars, following Astraea restored at home with holiness, the newest light of legal business. Rather when the name of great St Albans is spoken and in blood and in name on both sides, he hears worthy Francis Bacon."