The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, of Francis Ld. Verulam Viscount St. Albans. Presented by Auth o rama Public Domain Books. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Of Love. THE stage is more beholding to love, than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a siren, sometimes like a fury. You.