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Even in these dreams of fancy....... which to men of more sedate and

solid habits appear extravagant......... I can distinguish more reality....a more positive incentive to good........ a II, Ore

extended prospect of delight....a more productive source of absolute content and happiness,....than in all the gratifications we borrow from the indulgence of our senses. But I digress.......instead of relating to you the disposition of my mind..... I am justifying its bias.......Let me merely add, that the tenets of the Orphean and Pythagorean philosophy regulated all my principles......influenced all my wishes....... and gave a cast to my future views in life, which engrossed every faculty of my soul, and elevated my thoughts to superior enjoyments.The Priest, who was my tutor, appeared charmed with the uncommon delight I took in this sublime study..... He eagerly sought to fan my glowing infatuation, and gradually mount it to such a pitch as would best fit me for his purposes. I was young......and attributed all he did to the noblest motives....... My

and so well did he regulate his lessons * * - - - - that I began seriously to debate with myself, whether it was not possible to hold communication with superior spirits. I privately fostered this idea for some time, till I found little difficulty to obtain what I so much wished, and history sanctioned my expectations. Had not the Gods at different times revealed themselves to mortals and do we not read of individuals being distinguished as their favorites ?....... Ganymede.....Endymion.....and many others......are reported to have been

so favored.....I translated all the poets said on this subject, into a confirmation of my own sublime ideas......and the purity of the soul.......... cleansed from all sensual habits......appeared to me a leading recommendation to the favor of the Gods, and to qualify us for their superior converse.

To my master Theogiton I at length explained my sentiments........ and he, • * * * * * by his replies,......contrived rather to increase than satisfy my curiosity. - - - - - - He gave me to understand these were mysteries he hesitated to confide to my youth.......but assured me of their possibility......and drew such a picture of the bliss of those who

were considered worthy the converse of the Deities, as inflamed my mind to an extravagant state of anxiety.

The solemnity of his manner, when I begged to ask how that happiness might be attained....... filled me with awe.......and I resolved to await his own free will to enlighten me on the subject........ In this, however, I was disappointed;....... but he continued to keep my curiosity awake, till I could no longer resist proposing new questions to him. At last he conducted me to a grotto in the consecrated grove of Apollo..... which, according to the public belief, is supposed to have been the dwelling of the sacred Nymphs....whose images - - - - - - - - - - cut out in cypress..........occupy the niches which surround the interior of this grotto. Here.......pointing to a mossy bank ......he seated himself at my side; and after some prefatory discourse......cal

he began to unveil the holy mysteries of Hermes and Orpheus......Numberless ablutions......repeated offerings of incense......and divers mysterious incantations, preceded the ceremony.

“All this" said he, “is necessary “ to detach the soul from its earthly “bonds, and enable it freely to con“ template Divinity.

“Our frail mortality would be un‘‘ equal to sustain the bright glories “ of celestial perfection, if its splendor “ was not softened by a kind of cor“ poreal veil........ We should.......like “Semele......be consumed by its ra“ diance.” -

Simple and enthusiastic, I implicitly believed all he said......... devoured the words and actions of the solemn Theogiton with religious wonder.....and improved so rapidly by his instructions, that I could think of nothing.....sleeping or waking......... but these sublime visions to which I was soon to be admitted....Indeed so flattering were my dreams, that I sometimes felt myself transported to those happy regions which Pindar so beautifully describes.

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