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THOMAS KEIGHTLEY,

'Author of the Mythology of Ancient Greece and Italy; Histories of Greece, Rome,
England, and India, The Crusaders, &c, &c.

Another sort there be, that will
Be talking of the Fairies still;
Nor never can they have their fill.
As they were wedded to them

Ebaytoh.

A NEW EDITION, REVISED AND GREATLT ENLAEGED.

LONDON:

H. G. BOHN, YOEK STEEET, COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCLX.

London:

Rradrury And Evans, Printeebj Wiiitefriar&, TO

THE BIGHT HONOUBABLE

FRANCIS EARL OF ELLESMBRB,

IN TESTIMONY OF

ESTEEM AND RESPECT FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE VIRTUE,
LITERART TASTE, TALENT, AND ACQUIREMENTS,
AND PATRONAGE OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS,

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BY

THE AUTHOR

PREFACE.

A preface is to a book what a prologue is to a play—a usual, often agreeable, but by no means necessary precursor. It may therefore be altered or omitted at pleasure. I have at times exercised this right, and this is the third I have written for the present work. I

In the first, after briefly stating what had given occasion to it, I gave the germs of the theory which I afterwards developed in the Tales and Popular Fictions. The second contained the following paragraph:—

"I never heard of any one who read it that was not pleased with it. It was translated into German as soon as it appeared, and was very favourably received. Goethe thought well of it. Dr. Jacob Grimm—perhaps the first authority on these matters in Europe—wrote me a letter commending it, and assuring me that even to him it offered something new; and I was one Christmas most agreeably surprised by the receipt of a letter from Vienna, from the celebrated orientalist, Jos Von Hammer, informing me that it had been the companion of a journey he had lately made to his native province of Styria, and had afforded much pleasure and information to himself and to some ladies of high rank and cultivated minds in that country. The initials at the end of the preface, he said, led him to suppose it was a work of mine. So far for the Continent. In this

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