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CURSES ARE LIKE YOUNG CHICKEN, TREY ALWAYS COME
HOME TO ROOST.

THe SECONd edITION.

VOLUME THE FIRST.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORMe, AND
BROWN, PATerNOSTER-ROW.

1811.

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TO
THE AUTHOR OF GEBIR,

WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR,

THIS Poem is inscribed,

BY

ROBERT SOUTHEY.

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. In the religion of the Hindoos, which of all false religions is the most monstrous in its fables, (and the most fatal in its effects, there is one remarkable peculiarity. Prayers, penances, and sacrifices, are supposed to possess an inherent and actual value, in no degree .depending upon the disposition or motive of the person who performs them. They are drafts upon Heaven, for which the Gods cannot refuse payment. The worst men, bent upon the worst designs, have in this manner obtained power which has made them formidable to the Supreme Deities themselves,

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