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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162 The Mystery of the Depths. [Ch.

million times, and in the latter two hundred
and fifty thousand billion times. But in that
ancient chapter of the Ritual (lxiv.) which
claims to have been revealed in the days of
the IVth dynasty, we read that the Creator,
when revealing Himself to the new-born
soul as the Measurer of space, employs this
very ratio as standard. " ' I who know the
Depths' is my Name," so runs the text of
this sublime chapter; "I make the cycles of
the shining millions of years ; and billions are
My measurement." *

The mention of these cycles of the shining
years suggests a principle of singular beauty,
as the key to the architectural measures of
ancient Egypt. Among the many valuable
results due to the industry of Mr. Flinders
Petrie is a collection of cubits of various
lengths, employed by the architects of the

* In the original: " Ari Kherti Khuu aha pu tefnut
pu krastuf." The translation above given differs slightly
both from the version of Dr. Birch and that of M. Pierret.
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