annual course in the heavens. For we read
there how the holy departed " has appeared in
the Bark of Ra in the course of every day ;"
and how Thoth, the Divine Wisdom, " clothes
the spirits of the justified a million times in a
garment of true linen ;" of that substance,
that is to say, which by its purity and bril-
liancy reminds us of the mantle woven out of
rays of light wherewith the sun enwraps the
earth afresh each day she rotates before him,
just as the soul of man is invested with new
radiance each time that he turns to the pre-
sence of his Creator.
How then shall we avail ourselves of this
mighty measure, this rule of light and standard
of space ? This time the building itself answers
through its familiar title. According to Dr.
Brugsch, the term Pir-am-us in Egyptian
signifies the edge ; and on examining the
base-circuit of the building, we find it to be
composed of casing-stones with a bevelled
horizontal edge, so exquisitely finished that,