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would have been those of Agathon, had he indulged them aloud.....I could perceive the interest with which he listened to my adventures...the warmth of his admiration....and a coincidence of mind and sentiment appeared in all his gestures. Agathon being now reminded by Dionysius of his promise, recounted as follows: - -- “ I cannot sufficiently admire the “ chance which directed me in my “ voyage from Smyrna to the same “ vessel in which you, my dear Dio“ nysius, had taken your passage...To “ meet a friend in a stranger....one,... “ with whom I could relieve my . “ surcharged heart of many painful “ recollections.....was a blessing Aga“ thon can never learn sufficiently to “ appreciate......and the tender con“ cern you partook in my fate..... “ which you have very partially un

“derstood.....leads me to gratify you “ with the following detail of my “ adventures. “I was eighteen”...continued *Agathon.....before I knew who my parents were....and was placed from my earliest infancy in the temple of Delphos, where I imbibed......as might naturally be expected.....all the ideas of the priests, under whose tuition I was educated.....When very young, I assumed the sacred vest....worn by the votaries of Apollo......and commenced my duty in the Holy Fane. “ All who have been at Delphos,.... or are acquainted with the services of the Temple......will readily conceive that a heart full of sensibility......so fostered.......must acquire a peculiar mode of thinking. • vide wieland's Agathon.......These Memoirs are introduced to supply passages (necessarily omitted) in Peregrine Proteus,

“ Every niche in this Temple conspires to fill the beholder with awe.... Tradition has handed down to superstitious posterity such a chain of Miracles......that every side of the wall to which you may turn.......offers to your view a new and solemn object consecrated to the memory of some wonderful event....Added to this..... all Delphos believe in the absolute presence and superintendence of the God. “Thus my eyes........from the first moment they could distinguish....were accustomed to gaze on every thing wonderful.........and my ears eagerly caught the sounds of surprizing events, which my tutors earnestly sought to impress on my belief. “This was a most necessary study... as it soon became my duty to attend strangers......whose curiosity brought them to visit the temple......and, to describe the origin.........merits......or character, of the innumerable paint

make a pompous display of the singularly beautiful and costly presents with which the zealous partisans of the Deity had filled the apartments and domes of this splendid edifice. “Nothing so astonishes the senses of inexperience as the dazzling view of immense riches.......I was accustomed to behold gold......silver......jewels..... pearls.......and every precious kind of curiosity........ which the offerings of Crowned Heads......of Cities....and of private Wealth had been........ for centuries past........ pouring into our treasury. “I knew not how other minds migh have borne the constant sight of all this magnificence......... but I grew fatigued with viewing such gorgeous

pageantry of devout superstition.......I considered them as glittering baubles - - - - - of no more consequence than the play-thing of a child, which the want of novelty soon robs of captivation..... Thesimple statueof a Solon, in my eyes • * * * * * possessed infinitely more charms. “I was too young....for a long time • * - - - - - to form any adequate idea of the real worth of these deified heroes..... I surveyed these images attentively.... and, while I pondered on the virtues which distinguished their originals..... I could feel my heart inspired with veneration and respect for such superior excellencies. From the effects these powerful objects had on my fancy then.....I have since learnt to applaud the Grecian Priests, who so wisely deified the Muses, and the Graces....Religion depends on impression...Its interests are preserved by the avidity with which

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