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opinion....but was satisfied with considering them beneath my attention - - - - - and so positive was my hatred...... if the Stranger at Smyrna had given me the least idea of his being a member of such a sect.....I should have turned from him with disgust;.....and he would have forfeited all that reverence and respect I was disposed to feel for the superiority of his genius. . . Accident had opened my eyes..... / and I gould no sufficiently lament my past blindness......Such was the fulness of my heart, I could not avoid testifying its feelings.......The warmth of my expressions seemed strange to the family;......the young folks turned their heads aside....and the old man looked full in my face, as if doubting whether he had not mistaken my principles. - I was quite at a loss to construe this conduct.....and my confusion was considerably increased by an inadvertence which followed. The good matron presented me with a cup of wine, which....according to custom.....had previously been diluted with water by the fair hand of her daughter. I accepted the offering with pleasure

poured a little on the floor before I raised it to my lips.....The whole family turned pale......started......and the mother and daughters instantly left the TOOII] .

“Why,” said my host...with a serious but friendly tone......“ did you frighten “ my poor family as you have done? “ ...... For more than forty years...... “ young man!......this floor has not “ been defiled by a prophane libation e - e - e. nor has the name of him whom “ we adore, been taken in vain be“ neath this humble roof.....We serve

“ him as the elect of his only Son, by “ whom we have been taught how to “ make our heartfelt offerings accept“ able....Our brother.....your guide.... “ informed us, you were a noviciate of our order.” As he concluded this speech, his countenance expressed the most animated devotion.

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I blushed as deep as crimson.......I endeavoured to excuse myself....vowing my mechanical hand had acted from habitual impulse without the consent of my soul.

While this conversation passed...... the sons left the room one after another, without speaking a word.

I looked at my intelligent goodhearted host, and......as soon as I recovered from the effects of my error...... asked him.....whether heliãd admitted us to his hospitality, solely on the Supposition of our being converts to his reed

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* God forbid"...replied he calmly... that I should parcel out the services of humanity in an interested way.....All mankind çlaim our good offices.....but our brothen share our love.....Still, it is necessary to retire as much as possible among ourselves ...Example corrupts.....And it is by avoiding the region of infection, that we preserve ourselves iure.”

“ If a wish,”...I. answered....“ to be of your society, could fit me for the vocation.....I*hould want no preparation....my heart is already disposed .....but the divine wisdom, whence you derive your virtues, is beyond my comprehension. * “Whatever of virtue we may possess,” said he, “ comes from above. .....Our hearts are content with the portion of knowledge allotted us.... We rely on our Master......who is supreme of all......who laid down

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we await with joy his coming again among us........We love him with all our soul.”.

After a parse, he resumed....... “Oh, my brother, hads; thou but known our Prophet!......Never will

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Thy eyes again behold the likeness

of Johannas........the chosen of our Lord. - . . “...When a lad of fourteen, I was at Ephesus, for the completion of my education, and then, it was my good fortune to know this holy Man....I see him now before mg. his memory lives in my heart's core. “ Shortly after my arrival at Ephesus...this Saint, who had numbered near an hundred years, found his end approach...." Lead me,'....said

beloved flock below, that I may once more exhort them to salvation * ere I die.”

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