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thinks that the ancient louse, into which great Britons called him Beler

riches were thrown in tucades. This was the honour of this Deity. Apollo of the Greeks and They looked upon him as Romans, the Sun confi- easily provoked, and upon dered as a benign and sa his goodness as not a litlutary constellation, who tle precarious; but such chaced away maladies, as was not ill adapted to animated the spirits, and the temper of him who warmed the imagination, was the master and directhat fruitful mother of tor of so deceitful an elepoetry and all the other

Thus the EDDA arts.

scruples to admit him into

the family of the Gods. 6. He checks the The common people, in « fury of the sea, storms divers places of Germany « and fire.”] This God, and the north, are still

or at least a God with persuaded that men owe < these attributes,' hath him a yearly tribute ; and been adored by all the an that when any body is cient « nations of Eu- drowned, this God hath rope, as well Goths as'

carried him away. They Celtes : as also by the

call him, in Germany, Perfians, and the people Der Nix; and formerly who dwell around the in the north, Nocken. Euxine and Caspian feas. They had no other phrase They all of them alligned to express a person's dya Genius or God to the ing in the water, but waters, whether of the

6. Nocken hath taken fea, or of rivers, or foun « him;" and hence with, tains. This God would out doubt is derived the not fail to be adored, and French word Nover, to loaded with presents. In drown. The Gauls callmany places among the ed this divinity Neith. Gauls, they every year They believed that he reconfecrated to him ani- fided in the sea, and in mals, precious stuffs; pools. There was near fruits, and gold and sil- Geneva, in the lake which

Such was that small goes by the name of that piece of water near Tou town, a rock confecrated


to him, which still re from the worship they tains the name of Neiton ; paid him; this furnished a word approaching very ' subject for the prohibinear to that of Noatun, tions of many a council. which, according to the Even within the bosom of EDDA, is the residence the Christian Church, of the God of Waters. the people long continuThe Romans retained ed to repair in crouds to both the worship and certain fountains, in orname of this God, who der to adore the benefiwas adored by the ancient cent Genius, who, by an Celtic nations of Italy. incomprehensible power, In general, all the several made the waters flow in people of Europe have equal and uninterrupted had a great veneration for abundance; they covered this Divinity, and no them with flowers and thing was more difficult presents; and poured out than to bring them off libations.

O fons Bandusia, splendidior vitro;
Dulci digne mero ; non fine floribus,
Cras donaberis hæde



Of the God Frey, and the Goddess Freya.

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IORD had afterwards, at his refi.

dence of Noatun, two children, named Free, and FREYA ; both of them beautiful and vigorous. Frey is the mildest of all the Gods. He presides over the rain, and the sun, and all the productions of the earth. He is to be invoked in order to obtain either fine seasons, or plenty, or peace; for it is he who dispenses peace and riches Freya is the moft propitious of the Goddeffes. The place which she inhabits in heaven, is called " The Union of the « People.” She goes on horseback to every place where battles are fought, and asserts her right to one half of the sain ; the other half belongs to ODIN. Her palace is large and magnificent; thence The fallies forth in a chariot, drawn by two cats. She lends a very favourable ear to the vows of those who sue for her aslift7


ance. It is from her that the Ladies have received the name, which we give them in our language. She is very much delighted with the songs of lovers; and such as would be happy in their amours ought to worship this Goddess.

Then says Gangler, All these Gods appear to me to have great power : and I am not at all surprized (A) that you are able to perform so many great atchievements, since you are so well acquainted with the attributes and functions of each God, and know what it is proper to ask of each in order to fucceed. But are there still any more of them, besides those you have already named?


Frey is some inferior guage, viz. Frayer, to intelligence or divinity, engender or spawn as who resided in the air. fishes do; and Friand, FREYA, who has often which anciently fignified been taken for FRIGGA, “ full of desire :” as also is the Goddess of Love, to Frija, which in Swethe Venus of the Scan. dish fignifies to be amo. dinavians. The ladies rous, and to seek in mara are called, in Danish, riage; and Friar, a galFruer; and, in ancient lant. The name AphroGothic, the word Freya ditis, which was given appears to have fignified to Venus by the people of the same thing. This Greece, seems also to name has a remarkable bear fome affinity to this. analogy to the following Gallantry being one of words in the French lan the principal virtues of



every brave warrior, it norance had occafioned, was but right that the and was not able to ac. Goddess of Love should count for ; they very have the charge of re wisely sent to Odin hima warding one half, at least, self, to inquire the cause. of those who had died We have seen that this with their swords in their was the end, which GANhands.

GLER, or the king who

assumed that name, pro(A) I am not at all posed to himself. Here 6 surprized, &c.”] The

he learned so many new people settled in Scandi

circumstances concerning navia, before the arrival the functions of the seveof Odin, were a very

ral Gods, and the worfimple race, and easily ship to be paid them in astonished. This con

order to secure their faqueror subdued them as vour, that he thought he much by imposing on had discovered the mystetheir minds, as by van


and was now in a quishing their arms. A condition to cope with mazed at those succes his rival. ses, which their own ig


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