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Unde hominum pecudumque genus, vitæque volantum,
VIRG. En. VI. 728.
PRINTED BY JOHN W. BUTLER, AND BONSAL & NILES,
FOR BONSAL & NILES, SAMUEL BUTLER, AND
M. AND J. CONRAD & CO.
THE Poem, which is here offered to the Public, does not pretend to instruct by deep researches of reasoning; its aim is simply to amuse, by bringing distinctly to the imagination, the beautiful and sublime images of the operations of Nature, in the order, as the author believes, in which the progressive course of time presented them.
The Deities of Egypt, and afterwards of Greece, and Rome, were derived from men famous in those early times, as in the ages of hunting, pasturage, and agriculture. The histories of some of their actions, recorded in Scripture, or celebrated in the heathen mythology, are introduced, as the author hopes, with