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THE AUTHOR'S PREFACE.OVING Reader, youmay believe me withoutan oath, that Iwish this book, as thechild of my understanding,were themost beautiful, themost sprightly andthe most ingenious,that can be imagined.But I could notcontrol the oTder ofnature, whereby eachthing engenders itslike; and, therefore,what could my sterile and uncultivated genius produce, but the history of a child,meagre, adust and whimsical, full of various wild imaginations neyer thought ofbefore? like one you may suppose born in a prison, where eyery inconvenienceVOL. I. A keeps its residence, and every dismal sound its habitation. Doubtless repose ofbody, a desirable situation, unclouded skies, and, above all, a mind at ease, canmake the most barren Muses fruitful, and produce such offspring to the world,as fill it with wonder and content. It often falls out, that a parent has an uglychild. whhnl1t Imy good quality; and yet fatherly fondness Claps such a bandageoverAbout the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the difficult to read text. Read books online for free at http://www.forgottenbooks.org
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