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OR,

ENTERTAINING

MORAL STORIES ;

INVENTED BY THE MONKS AS A FIRE-SIDE RECREATION; AND
COMMONLY APPLIED IN THEIR DISCOURSES FROM THE

PULPIT: WHENCE THE MOST CELEBRATED OF

OUR OWN POETS AND OTHERS, FROM
THE EARLIEST TIMES, HAVE

EXTRACTED THEIR

PLOTS.

TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN,

WITH

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS AND COPIOUS NOTES,

BY THE REV. CHARLES SWAN,

LATE OF CATHARINE HALL, CAMBRIDGE.

“ They ” [the Monks] “ might be disposed occasionally to recreate their
minds with subjects of a light and amusing nature; and what could be
more innocent or delightful than the stories of the Gesta ROMANORUM ?"

Douce's Illustrations of Shakspeare.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, AND WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL

M.DCCC.XXIV.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY R. GILBERT,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

18

TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE

LORD VISCOUNT PALMERSTON,

SECRETARY AT WAR,

AND

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,

&c. &c. &c.

MY LORD,

When the high and the honored —the gifted in mind, not less than exalted in station, derive pleasure from protecting the interests of Literature, well may she be proud of the support. Such patronage is most valuable: like Mercy,

" it is twice blessed; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes :"

and powerfully elicits the feeling of unqualified respect, with which, in presenting these Volumes, I have the honor to subscribe myself,

Your Lordship’s most obedient,

humble servant,

CHARLES SWAN.

London, June 9, 1824.

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