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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VI.] Opening of the Vision of Beauty. 223

vignettes of the Kitual, we see the vessel bear-
ing upon it at one time a fivefold, at another
a sevenfold staircase ; the fivefold dominion of
the regenerate senses, and the sevenfold eleva-
tion of the illuminate intellect.

Yet one more vision opens out to the Ini-
tiate. As he raises his eyes more upward
yet to the extreme height of the Chamber of
the Splendour, far removed from the head of
the well, yet forming part of the same divine
structure, he discerns the " opening where
Athor is" (ciii.), the azure depths of ethereal
loveliness leading to the secret heights above
the Chamber of Grand Orient. For a moment
he gazes in silent rapture on the far-off
opening of the unimaginable vision, and then
calls to his aid " the Opener of the Great
Sanctuary" (cv., cvi.). "Oh, assistant—oh,
assistant! " he exclaims ; " I am among the
servants of Immortal Beauty ! "

Fortified then by that enduring remem-
brance, he turns from the scene of future
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