Great Birthday Party

On 22 January, 1621 in honor of Sir Francis Bacon's sixteeth birthday, a select group of men assembled without fanfare for a great Masonic banquet. This Masonic banquet was to pay tribute to their leader, Sir Francis Bacon. Only those of the Rosicrosse, the Rosicrucians, and the Masons who were already aware of Bacon's leadership role were invited.

Bacon's favorite perfumes had been used. The meeting was at the Great Hall at York House, England (now known as Whitehall) . The tables were T-tables with gleaming white drapery and silver. Flowers decorated the Great Hall.

A dear longtime friend of Bacon's, the famous English Poet Ben Jonson gave a Masonic ode to Bacon that day.-Jonson once remarked something like, "I love the man (Bacon) and do honor his memory above all others."95 First, Ben Jonson toasted his friend. Next, one can picture this man with his strong face and long nose, and full, thick, and wavy hair, and short mustache and beard as he read out his ode in English.

On Francis Bacon's Sixteeth Birthday Hail! Happy Genius of this Ancient Pile! How comes it all things so about thee Smile? The Fire? the Wine? The Men? and in the MIDST Thou STAND' ST as if some MYSTERY thou didst.96

This ode goes by most of us today, without being told the double meaning it had for those Masons that day. "Hail" was a masonic sign, a masonic call. The word Pile also meant spear in those days--an illusion to Francis Bacon's role as the Happy genius who was Pallas-Athena the Spear-Shaker. Smiles referred to their fellowship in their brotherhood. The Masons would Fire with their glasses, and the Wine refers to their toasts that vent along with their Firing Glasses. As their gathering was all male it refers to the Men. Because Bacon was like a Christ figure Ben uses the wording "in the MIDST." Finally, the word Mystery is full of Masonic connotation. Sir Francis Bacon had revived the Mysteries which only his genius and deep scholarship could have done so well.97


In 1625, Sir Francis Bacon was busy getting his affairs in order. He arranged his private diary of sonnets carefully, and then disarranged them to destroy personal meanings. The private Rosicrosse Press published it for the exclusive use of the heads of the Rosicrosse-Masons. Finally in 17 66, the Mason George Steevens reprinted this Masonic secret book.


The Grand Masters of the Prieure de Sion during those times were

Robert Fludd (1595-1637), J. Valentin Andrea (1637-1654), and

Robert Boyle (1654-1691). 8 The driving force behind what became the Royal Society, the British scientific society, were Robert

Fludd, Robert Boyle, Wren, Ashmole, Locke, and Sir Thomas Moray.99

Interestingly, all of these men were both Freemasons and

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