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express was very feebly executed,...... for I felt a trembling through every vein in my body as he spoke.....an awe mingled with astonishment, as he called me by my name....... Then the singularity of his words.......and his commanding manner...... defeated all my efforts to appear cold and insensible before so penetrating a judge.

" What !”......continued he, in the same impressive accents.....“ dost thou

fancy chance hath thus introduced

us to each other ?....Deceive not thy" self........Chance is a chimera...... It “ never had existence....Fate directed

we should meet..... We have met !"

I could not speak.....I again sat down, and leaned my head backwards against the rock.... I should have fallen without this support.

A piece of rock just opposite to me served the Stranger as a seat, and he took his place.

“ Thou avoidest mankind,".......he continued....." Thou courtest solitude ......thou seekest repose ..... Repose

from what?!
- From thyself!"

Thou longest after light........ Yet
wanderest in the shades of darkness.
.So
young

in years !...Șo old in experience!..... A little month ago, thou, wast a beauteous flower!...... Where are thy blooming sweets ?... Where the rich fragrance of fullblossomed youth ?.....The pestilential breath of harpies.....in an angels, form, hath plighted thy decaying beauties. * The ambition of Ixion led him to aspire to the embraces of the im

mortal Juno......She sent a Syren to ".. receive him... .He was burnt in “ her arms

!" “. And, canst thou peruse in my face, said I,......"all thou hast uttered,

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Wonderful man !....

...." I repeated with terror and amazement.....

Wonderful man!!..Who art thou?" “ Not what you suppose me...... more than I appear.... Thou,... Pere

grine..... hast long been the slave of 64. delusion....... It is time thy'under

standing was unfolded, that thou

mightest comprehend the language *** of truth.....I said I was thy good " Genius......Such would I be to thee

.......though in reality a poor mortal " like thyself..... But, with the assis

tance of him t' serve....I may be • instrumental to thy salvation.”

Conceive, dear Lucian, my situation all this time...Nothing could exceed

my

astonishment. to find an entire stranger familiar with the his

my

life, and that, ata period, when it was wrapt up in mystery from all the world

reading my It very thoughts......... principles.......and

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wishes, with perfect facility....All this you will confess to have been very extraordinary.......and could only be reconcileable from his being actually my Genius........Still I was not free from suspicion.....and his discourse..... though marvellous......failed in the impression he intended it should have made on me........He saw it. "

I do not wonder”.....he added.... " that thou hast shaken off the fetters. of credulity.......... Nothing in this “ world is what it has the appearance “ of being ;,,.., though to such as are " enlightened all things appear what “ they really are......Self is an hiero“ glyphic which few study ;.......and “ fewer still, learn to unsolve.....Man “ understands all things better than “ himself.....He resembleth the infant “ son of a king.....who, exposed to “ perish in his cradle, is miraculously “ saved by a benevolent shepherd......

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“ he pursues his humble lot, uncon" scious of his exalted origin....Doth' "

the blind man behold the beauties ".. of the all-chčerinig' sun? Doth “ the beggar benefit by a knowledge " that the bowels of the earth are

laden with riches ?....Man considers « lif: his all....... But it is nothing......

The moment passes, ere mortals o are aware that it is come.....

follows on time, as the rolling wave mingles with its comrade......

But there is a futurity !. “ Oh! that mankind would reflect

on that!......Oh! that' the trumpet

of heaven.......which is to awaken " the dead......would proclaim to the

ears of the living........that there is a futurity pregnant with all things.”

This exhortation ffom thie Stranger was delivered with devout enthusiasm....I was particularly attentive ; but had not courage to ask what it

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