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ALTERED FROM HERODOTUS.
OF THE CUSTOMS OF THE INDIANS THERE
BY DANIEL DENTON.
A NEW EDITION WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND COPIOUS HISTORICAL NOTES.
BY GABRIEL FURMAN,
MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Of all the lands that heav'n o'erspreads with light!
And to be short, all they that have been there with one consent affirme, that there are the goodliest greene meadows and plaines, the fairest mountains covered with all sorts of trees and fruites, the fairest vallies, the goodliest pleasant fresh rivers, stored with infinite kind of fishes, the thickest woods, greene and bearing fruite all the whole yeere, that are in all the world. And as for gold, silver and other kind of metals, all kind of spices and delectable fruites, both for delicacie and health are there in such abundance, as hitherto they have beene thought to have been bred no where else but there. And in conclusion it is nowe thought that no where else but under the equinoctiall, or not far from thence, is the earthly paradise, and the only place of perfection in this world... ...Richard Hakluyt.
WILLIAM GOWAN S.