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 Light of the Ancient World.

unbroken surface of polished casing-stones
flashed back the rays like a veil of dazzling
lustre, and vindicated its ancient title of
The Light.

What the concealed significance may be of
that secret masonry ; by whom, and for what
purpose, the complex plan Avas designed ; at
what epoch the huge structure was erected,
are questions which have perplexed many
minds in many lands, and have resulted in a
discord more akin to Babel, than to the
grandeur of its silent majesty. It was built by
the Jews in the days of their captivity, says,
or rather said, one school of theorists. It was
built by Chemmis, but attributed by Egyptians
in hatred of him to the Shepherd Philition,
is the account given by Herodotus. It was
built by Ibn Salluk, say the Arabs, just before
the Flood, to preserve the royal treasures from
the predicted inundation. It was built by
Melchisedec—or somebody—vehemently as-
serts the Scottish professor of astrouomy,
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