Adams, Walter M.  
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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I.] The Inviolable Secret. T3

is described symbolically in the books of the
mystical Ritual, and inscribed masonically in
the features and the dimensions of the Hidden
Places of the Pyramid.

Not to every one therefore did that house
be open, nor could there lie a more unpardon-
able offence than the profanation of its secrets.
"This Book," says the final chapter of the
Ritual, " is the greatest of mysteries. Do not
let the eye of any one see it; that were abomi-
nation." So, too, the secrecy enjoined by the
Ritual was enforced by the structure of the
building ; nor was it ever violated so long as
Egypt remained Egyptian. And as it was the
characteristic of that religion to be concealed,
and as the manifestation of the Creator is
deeper and more secret yet than the knowledge
°f His works, so it was essential that the
symbols relating to Him, and to the connection
°f man with Him, should not betray their
deepest mysteries even to the Initiate ; but
should reserve their more secret meaning for
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