HW: Francis Bacon?

Karl Hiller khiller at NICKEL.UCS.INDIANA.EDU
Wed Dec 11 03:19:21 EST 1996

So I was reading "New Atlantis" by Sir Francis Bacon for a class, and I
noticed this passage.  The speaker is one of the ruling class of a
utopian island:

"You shall understand that there is not under the heavens so chaste a
nation as this of Bensalem, nor so free from all pollution or foulness.
It is the virgin of the world..."

There's nothing else to connect this to the Hawkwind song of the same
name (no undead or anything), but it is a pretty distinctive phrase.   I
wonder if Hawkwind may have borrowed the phrase from someone who got it
from Bacon?  ("New Atlantis" was published in 1627).

Is this a useful bit of trivia for the Codex?


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