Rameses; an Egyptian Tale: with Historical Notes of the Era of the Pharoahs

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Page 130 - CHILD of the sun ! pursue thy rapturous flight, Mingling with her thou lov'st in fields of light; And, where the flowers of Paradise unfold, Quaff fragrant nectar from their cups of gold. There shall thy wings, rich as an evening sky, Expand and shut with silent ecstasy! —Yet wert thou once a worm, a thing that crept On the bare earth, then wrought a tomb and slept. And such is man ; soon from his cell of clay To burst a seraph in the blaze of day ! 1 Mrs.
Page 151 - First an all-potent all-pervading sound Bade flow the waters — and the waters flow'd, Exulting in their measureless abode, Diffusive, multitudinous, profound, Above, beneath, around; Then o'er the vast expanse primordial wind Breath'd gently, till a lucid bubble rose, Which grew in perfect shape an Egg refin'd : Created substance no such lustre shows, Earth no such beauty knows. Above the warring waves it danc'd elate, Till from its bursting shell with lovely state A form cerulean flutter'd o'er...
Page 320 - The first generation of men in Egypt, contemplating the beauty of the superior world, and admiring with astonishment the frame and order of the universe, imagined that there were two chief Gods, eternal and primary, the Sun and Moon, the first of whom they called Osiris, the other Isis.
Page 133 - Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of Power divine, Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. 19 Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
Page 320 - ... our approbation, they have a song, which is also used in Phoenicia, Cyprus and other places, where it is differently named. Of all the things •which astonished me in Egypt, nothing more perplexed me than my curiosity to know whence the Egyptians learned this song, so entirely resembling the Linus of the Greeks; it is of the remotest antiquity among them, and they call it Maņeros.
Page 300 - Egyptian plain (That spreads her conquests o'er a thousand states, And pours her heroes through a hundred gates, Two hundred horsemen, and two hundred cars 505 From each wide portal issuing to the wars...
Page 318 - ... they call the houses of the living, inns, because they stay in them but a little while; but the sepulchres of the dead they call everlasting habitations, because they abide in the graves to infinite generations.
Page 321 - Having thoroughly purified him (an aspirant), the hierophant now discloses to the initiated a region all over illuminated and shining with a divine splendour. The cloud and thick darkness are dispersed, and the mind, which before was full of disconsolate obscurity, now emerges, as it were, into day, replete with light and cheerfulness, out of the profound depth into which it had been plunged.'— See Bishop Warburton on Mysteries.
Page 322 - But this scene once over, a miraculous and divine light displays itself, and shining plains, and flowery meadows, open on all hands before them.
Page 150 - Th' impenetrable gloom of light intense, Impervious, inaccessible, immense, Ere spirits were infus'd or forms display'd, BREHM his own Mind survey'd, As mortal eyes (thus finite we compare With infinite) in smoothest mirrors gaze: Swift, at his look, a shape supremely fair Leap'd into being with a boundless blaze, . That fifty suns might daze. Primeval MAYA was the Goddess nam'd, Who to her sire, with Love divine inflam'd, A casket gave with rich Ideas fill'd, From which this gorgeous Universe he...

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