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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architect of the Grand Pyramid has expressed
them in the area of its pavement at the
different levels ? Where else shall we find
an antique kalendar based on the periodic
motion of the earth ? What other people
knew, as Dr. Brugsch and M. Maspero aver,
the proper motion of the sun in space ; or
who possessed the lovely Sothiac cycle, the
Cycle of Grand Orient, which measured whole
ages by the herald star, as it dawned for a
moment on the eastern horizon.

Equally striking, and even more distinct
perhaps, is the perpetual presence of the life-
giving river. From end to end of its territory,
from age to age of its history, in the religion,
in the commerce, in the honours of the dead,
wherever we may turn, and on whatsoever
object we may fix our eyes, we never for a
moment lose sight of the blue waters of the
Nile. That beautiful stream, flowing tran-
quilly for hundreds of miles beneath the
serene sky, alone gave verdure and plenty

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