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we receive them in our infancy.......... and, when Reason would enable us to judge for ourselves, the Sentiment is so indelibly engraven on the heart, it resists all innovation. “Sperstition has no absolute advantage over reason;......... but advantages are created by its early admission into the heart, before our unfolding faculties can oppose its entrance......How simple a task it is, to mould an unformed mind!......... particularly when the fascinating art of astonishing the soul, acts as a prelude to ensnare it..... What can be more natural, than to believe in the divinity of an Appollo - - - - - - to feel his influence.......his very Presence.....when every object which surrounds you, from the first dawn of observation, proclaims the workmanship and dwelling of a Superior “ Who can behold the unrivalled statue of Phidias, and not ascribe its excellence to super-human powers ... ......The minds of Men are as various as their birth and education.....Hence the heroic bravery of the Spartan.... the insinuating politeness of the Athenian.....the pompous arrogance of the Asiatic.

The mathematician looks down contemptuously on the poet.....the thrifty merchant laughs at the speculating philosopher......The one seeks to grasp a real object......and mocks the visionary pursuits of the other......The mere mechanic is a machine who cannot move, except when he is wound up by certain springs......The rough sailor personifies the boisterous element to which he is attached.....The soldier habitually despises the danger he is accustomed to......and the untutored peasant is crafty by nature, though unacquainted with the refinements of art.

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This is the source of enthusiasm.... or rather enthusiasm itself.......it is the natural disposition of the soul......and ...properly restricted.....would ensure our happiness. As I advanced in life......my imagination.....thus heated by my early pursuits.....became so elevated.....my ideas so abstracted......that all I saw fell infinitely short of those expectations which the rich luxuriance of my glowing fancy had created. In this state.....one of the priests of Delphos...whose intentions I was then ignorant of..... undertook to initiate me in the occult mysteries of the Orphean philosophy. - This was the only system held in estimation by our priests.....it had reason for its support...and fixed the faith on a firmer basis than any sophistry which arises from traditionary legends.....or poetic fables.

I was transported with my new lessons.....The good priest......who was a scientific professor of the whole Egytian secret mythology.....led me into a region of spirits......He exposed to my delighted view a new world, inhabited by immortal beauties. I had just attained that age when we shake off the shackles of childhood, and begin to move independently thro' life....This is the moment when we look around us with astonishment at all we behold......Our curiosity pants after a solution of the properties of our own nature.....a definition of the cause which has placed us on a particular spot.....and given us particular propensities.... without even Our OWIl COn CurrenCe. How infatuating then must that philosophy be, which could.....at the same moment.....solve our doubts, and indulge that romantic turn, which is

the peculiar attribute of youth.....a philosophy,......which answers all enquiries...unriddles every paradox....and solves the most intricate problems...... A philosophy......so peculiarly adapted to youth......that it sympathizes with the warm enthusiastic heart....detaches all dull inanimate objects from the surface of the globe......... peoples the earth with lovely visionary beings...... and fills up every vacancy in the mind with ideally-important circumstances.

Such a philosophy was in itself too excellent......too flattering to mortal pride.....too congenial with our leading propensities, too agreeable to our fondest wishes......too gratifying to our secret inclinations......not to impress the mind with a perfect persuasion of its truth;....and it must be confessed, that the noblest inspirations of the heart act in conformity with all that is wild and romantic in this particular species of Philosophy.

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