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The Philosophical Works of Francis Bacon by John M. Robertson

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ON PRINCIPLES AND ORIGINS ACCORDING TO THE FABLES OF CUPID AND CŒLUM: ETC.

THE stories told by the ancients concerning Cupid, or Love, cannot all apply to the same person; and indeed they themselves make mention of two Cupids, very widely differing from one another; one being said to be the oldest, the other the youngest of the gods. It is of the elder that I am now going to speak. They say then that this Love was the most ancient of all the gods, and therefore of all things else, except Chaos, which they hold to be coeval with him. He is without any parent of his own; but himself united with Chaos1 begat the gods and all things. By some however it is reported that he came of an egg 2 that was laid by Nox. Various attributes are assigned to him; ...

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