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No. 601—GENESIS i. 5.
THE Mosaical method of computing days from sunset to sun-set, and of reckoning by nights instead of days, prevailed amongst the polished Athenians. And from a similar custom of our Gothic ancestors, during their abode in the forests of Germany, words expressive of such a mode of calculation (such as fortnight, se'nnight) have been derived into our own language. The same custom, as we are informed by Caesar, prevailed among the Celtic nations. "All the Gauls," says he, "measure time, not by the number of days, but of nights. Accordingly they observe their birth-days, and the beginnings of months and years, in such a manner, as to cause the day to follow the night."
No. 602.—iv. 8. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.] "To offer to the Deity the first-fruits of the tender herbage, springing up in the vernal season, and of the different kinds of grain and fruits matured by a warm sun, was the practice of mankind in
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