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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

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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-chéering 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 momeist passes, ere mortals' “are. aware that it is come....: ...Time “ follows on time, as the rolling “wave mingles with its comrade....... ... * * * * : * : * ' ' 'ri. ' ... }, or ’’ “........But there is a futurity!.......... Oh! that mankind would reflect “on that!...Oh! that the trumpet

* of heaven.......which is to awaken

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: The kingdom of the Almighty

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which thou are invited stands high. .....The voice of Heaven is gone forth over all lands......many are asked......few are chosen.....A revo

ness verge on a dreadful eternity.... though hidden from the prophane and ungodly.........will shortly dišplay its glories around the enlighi tened disciples, like the first dawn of a reviving morning sun, diffusing light and vigor over an awakened creation.” . . ; : " ' ' ' ' ". . . .33 .

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You now see, my new Genius was

of that sect of men, who threatened

mankind with a dreadful revolution of things....till,....by working on their ignorance and credulity......they obtained the full power in themselves

to effect the disasters they foretold.... To proceed....... I never had heard any one talk in this way, and although I scarcely comprehended a syllable he uttered...I was not the less astonished and confused....When he had ended his rhapsody.......he looked at me as if his large black eyes would have reachcd my very soul......I can assure you my hair began to bristle.....I was very much alarmed......I thought I saw the strange things before me of which he had spoken. We both continued silent for some time....This pause contributed to reassure me......I had just collected presence ef mind to open my lips...meaning to beg an explanation of those mysteries he had so prophetically announced.....when he stopped me,.... proceeding in a less animated tone. and manner. , “ Peregrine,....recollect thyself!....

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I have filled thee with wonder....
By amazing........I have quickened

thy half-expired faculties......Thou hast been debased;......... but thou

The secret token of the elect is visible on thy front, and the Halicarnassian daemons have lost all power over thee.....Let severe austerities purify thy mind from all corporeal pollution.....The spiritual man is born again, and regenerates in the mortifications......pains....and sufferings of the animal man..... and none other need hope to enter the kingdom of heaven.......... Oh, Peregrine,....light is at hand.....thou art already in the midst of it....... and soon shall it be disclosed to thy eyes.......,A messenger.....not unlike unto the fabled Hermes.......will be

* thy conductor....and then wilt thou

be restored to thy primitive inno

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