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WRITINGS OF L. MARIA CHILD. Philothea;

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THE

PROGRESS

OF

RELIGIOUS IDEAS,

Through Successive Ages.

BY

L. MARIA CHILD.

God sends his teachers unto every age,
To every clime, and every race of mon,
With revelations fitted to their growth
And shape of mind, nor gives the realm of TRUTH
Into the selfish rule of one sole race:
Therefore, each form of worship that bath swayed
The life of man, and given it to grasp
The master-key of knowledge, REVERENCE,
Enfolds some germs of goodness and of right.

J. R. LOWELL,

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

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