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Confessions in Elysium.
In pursuing those remarkable events which have occurred to me....in such quick succession....from the day I left Delphos till my banishment from Athens,....I have neglected 'to say one word relative to my beloved Psyche. 'Neither time or circumstances....
however, had power to drive her from my mind, wher£ she reigned the adored empress of my heart.
1 I commissioned-every creature
whom business or curiosity led to
foreign parts....to enquire after her I
had numberless copies taken from her portrait.......which I distributed the
better to insure success ;....and offered
large rewards to any who should bring me intelligence of her.
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All this I did from an apprehension that the enraged priestess would use every artifice to conceal her from my enquiries perhaps sell her to a merchant, who might transport her to some foreign clime, where, cliange of name and distance, would preclude all possibility of our reunion.
Her diabolical machinations succeeded too well Hitherto, all my
anxieties have been unrewarded by the leajst^tracje of my charming innocent.
To return......! left Athens without
a sigh of regret and continued travelling eastward for many days,,, --.
One evening almost spent with
fatigue I found myself at sun-set
surrounded by a wood I had been traversing the whole day, without finding an outlet to conduct me. to an habitation; pf (any sort. , :(;r .- -,;;
I despaired of bettering my situation now night was coming on...and strolled in search of some convenient spot
to stretch out my wearied limbs
when I discovered a hill close by.
This reanimated me......and in the
expectation of distinguishing some
lights from the top I determined to
I proceeded with much difficulty
through a very narrow winding
path overgrown with briars which
were matted across and made it
almost impossible to advance....My impatience increased every moment.....
for the more I persisted the more
distant the summit appeared from me.
At last.......in perfect despair, I
threw myself down almost breathless resolving to give up the attempt.
Nothing could give a more lively idea of the sports of fortune than the miserable situation to which I now
found myself reduced who, but a