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ELEMENTS OF MYTHOLOGY;

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CLASSICAL FABLES

THE GREEKS AND ROMANS:

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

IONE NOTICES OF SYRIAN, HINDU, AND SCANDINAVIAI
SUPERSTITIONS, TOGETHER WITH THOSE

OF THE AMERICAN NATIONS:

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ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1908 Kastern Distridhar snegle

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twen.) -second day of October, the fifty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of Am rica, A. D. 1830, TOWAR, J. & D. M. HOGAN, of the said district, ha deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof th. claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: Elements of Mythology; or Classical Fables of the Greeks and R mans: To which are added, Some Notices of Syrian, fisada, a Scandinavian Superstitions, together with those of the America Nations; the whole comparing Polytheism with True Religie For the use of Schools. By the author of American Popular Le song. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United dates, et titled “An act for the encouragement of learning, hy s uring si copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and protetors guch copies during the times therein inentioned.” And ilso to !! act entitled "An act supplementary to an acl entitled. An aci fiz u encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of nachär! und books to the authors and proprietors of such copies dom times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits th-remio arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and of points

D. CALL 01.1, Clerk of the Eustern District of Pex sy!***.

TO MY I.

TLE FRIENDS,

JANE SEDGWICK AND FRANCES BR Nr.

IN hope that it may be useful, this book of MYTHOS O tionately offered to you, by your friend,

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PREFACE.

This book of Education is one of a series of simple and easy works for the use of schools. It may appear to have less of the character of utility than its predecessors; but the object of them all, humble and merely elementary as they are, is to raise the mind above mere utility, not only to employ the faculties of the young upon what is necessary to be known, but to elevate them to the love and enjoyment of the beautiful, in nature, in art, and in literatureto inspire a taste for the luxuries and refinements of intellect—to make them understand prose, and take delight in poetry—to discipline the reason, and excite the imagination.

I know that the stories of heathen gods ana goddesses are somewhat out of date—that recent poetry derives its greatest power from sentiment, from delineations of the human heart, from external nature, and from genuine history. But we must preserve our old poetry, and its connexion with the fine arts, and with the fictions and superstitions of other ages and countries. We cannot comprehend our New Testament, nor multiplied allusions to classic anthors. who, by their association with our 66836

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