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The Sphinx And The Pyramids

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The late Lord Elgin briofly but picturesquely describos his visit to tho pyramids in Egypt : " We pushed on over the hoaps of sand and dobris, or probably covered-up tombs, whioh surround the base of thu pyrauiids, when we suddenly amo in face of thu most reinar kablo object on whioh roy oye ever lighted. Soniehow or other I had not thought of the Sphinx till 1 saw her bofore mo. Therfi she was in all hör impoairig magnitude, couched on the margin of the de sert, looking over the fertile valloy of the Nile, and her gaze fixed on the oast, as if in earnest expectation of the sunrise. And such u gaze! The mystical light and deep shadows cast by tho inoou giivñ to it an intensity which I oannot atteinpt to describe. To me it aeemed a look, oarching, but unsatisiied. For a long time 1 remained trauBÜxed, endeavoring to read the meaning conveyed by thi wondorful eyo ; but I was struck aftor a while by what seomod a contradio-, tion in the expression of the eyo and of the mouth. There was a singular gentleness and hopefulness in the Unes of the mouth, which appeared to be in contrast with tho anxiouseye. The upper part of thu face spoke of the intolleot stming, and striving vainly, to solve the mystery - (what mystery '( the mystery, shall we say, of God's universe, or a man'e destiny Y) - whilo thu lower indicated a moral convictkn, that all must be well, and that thu this truth would in good time bo made manifest. We could hardly tar ourselves away from this fascinating spectacle to draw nearer to the Great Pyramid, which stood beside us, ite outImu sharply traced in the clear atniosphere. We walkod round and round it, thinking of the strange men whose ambition to secure immortality for theniselves had oxpressed itsclt' in this giant n Tlie enormous blocks of granite, brought from one knows not where, built up ono knows not how : the forin scluuttjü Koiely for tho purpose of dofying the atsuults of time ; the contrast between the conception euibodied in these cuns'.mctious and the talk of the frivolous raco by whoin we are surrounded, unu who seemed capable of na other thought beyond a desiro for daily "backshish," - all this seeu and feit under the influence of the dim moonlight was very stiiking tir.d impreesive. We spent some time in moviug irom place to plaoe along the shadow cast by tho pyramid upon the sand, and obsorving the effect preducud by bringing the moon sometimos to its apex and somotimes to other points on its outline. I feit no disposition to exchango for sleep the state of dreamy half consciousness in which I was wandeling about ; but at length I laid down on the shingly sand, with a block of granite as ii pillow, and passed an hour or twosometimeg dozing, sometimes wakeful, till one of my attundants informed me that the sun would short! y riso, and that it was time to conimenco to ascend the pyramid ii wa intended to witnoss from its summit his iirst appeuranco. The ascent was, I conlVss, much more formidable an undurtaking than I had auticipated, and our Prenoh friend gave out after attempting n few steps.


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