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much to increase the solemnity of the meeting.....I could not understand the meaning of what was done, but I saw and heard enough to inflame my restless disposition with an ardent longing to be more intimately connected with these valuable beings.

the man with the censor once more distributed its fragrance; and he was followed by my Stranger, who went up to the elevation before the covered table, whence he pronounced a discourse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . It is impossible to forget the impressive and commanding manner of this reverend man '........ I never heard any one speak with tones which conveyed such conviction to the heart...... His manner was unassuming........yet his presence taught you to believe him accustomed to the converse of

superior beings......There was a placidity in his countenance which bespoke him 3. stranger to the stormy pássions and infirmities of mortality. " I will save you from the recital of his eloquent and dignified harangue.... It was all that a prophet could utter.... and good men learn to obey.......My

ears.....or rather my soul transformed into organs of hearing......imbibed his precious doctrine with holy avidity. " I was like the gasping traveller...... - who, overcome with excessive drought `.....at length descries a stream.......he drinks with a sensation no language can describe.........But I pursued my panting wishes further.....as I tasted of

* . . . . - • * • ' ... • : the s ring.....my thirst increased......I

could not swallow fast enough.......I sought to ingulph myself in the stream that I might indulge my fill. " As they concluded this part of the ceremony, the slave, who had con

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As my hopes were, thus, cut short at Pergamos, I hastened to set off for Pitane, and thence to Mytelene. I had a dreary wood to pass, which . I was told would require, the assistance of a guide.............I requested my landlord to procure me one, which he did......A countryman,.....to whom he said, every track in the wood was familiar.........that, he was returning to his cottage on the other side of it;......and would take pleasure in my company to enliven the tedious journey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The man's physiognomy pleased me........ and we set off, attended by my faithful old servant.........We pro

posed......by beginning our journey at

a very early hour........ to be beyond

the wood at sunset, but we were out

in our reckoning.........We found ourselves in the midst of the wood, surrounded by cross paths in every direction.......and in this labyrinth, night overtook us.....I thought our intricacy seemed to increase, but my guide constantly assured me we were right. I had no distrust of my conductor... he was positive in his assertions........ I could not contradict him....so I tamely followed his direction.....He had been some time silent....At last, stopping.... he began to fear he had mistaken the road..... “And yet,” said he,” how can

“ that be possible, when I am per

“petually passing this wood back

“ward, and forward Certainly some “ superior hand has led me astray !” o “What, my good friend,” I replied,

“ do you apprehend some Sylvan - “. Deity has bewildered you?” "

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