Excerpt from Paul and Virginia: An Indian Tale
Sales, Bacon and Fenelon, as to Shakespeare, Racine, Calderon, or Burns; for from no really philosophic or religious doctrine can the love of the works of Nature be excluded.
But before the days of Jean Jacques Rous seau, Buffon, and Bernardin de St. Pierre, this love of Nature had not been expressed in all its intensity. Until their day, it had not been written on exclusively. The lovers of Nature were not, till then, as they may perhaps since he considered, a sect apart. Though perfectly sincere in all the adoration they offered, they were less entirely, and certainly less diligently and constantly, her adorers.
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