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propriety attempt to trace to the forests of Germany all the
subtleties of the scholastic philosophy (and which arose in the
same age as the courts of Love), as to claim for their inhabitants
that reverence and adoration of the female sex which has
descended to our own times. This deference to female rights
and the establishment of an equality between the sexes have
in their origin been wholly independent of love as a passion,
(whose language in all ages and among all nations has been
the same,) and are manifestly the offspring of that dispensa-
tion, which has purified religion of every sensual rite, and
which, by spiritualizing all our hopes and wishes of a future
existence, has shed the same refining influence on our present
institutions : “ L'amour de Dieu et des dames” was not a
mere form.

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