The mystical hymns of Orpheus, tr. and demonstrated to be the invocations used in the Eleusinian mysteries. With emendations

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Page 97 - But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Page xxxiii - Proclus shortly after observes, " there is a terrestrial Ceres, Vesta, and Isis, as likewise a terrestrial Jupiter and a terrestrial Hermes, established about the one divinity of the earth, just as a multitude of celestial Gods proceeds about the one divinity of the heavens. For there are progressions of all the celestial Gods into the Earth : and Earth contains all things, in an earthly manner, which Heaven comprehends celestially. Hence we speak of a terrestrial Bacchus and a terrestrial Apollo,...
Page 139 - Hence she is represented guiding a rudder, because she governs things sailing on the sea of generation. Her rudder, too, is fixed on a globe, because she directs that which is unstable in generation. In her other hand she holds the horn of Amalthea, which is full of fruits, because she is the cause of obtaining all divine fruits. And on this account we venerate the fortunes of cities and houses, and of each individual ; because, being very remote from divine union, we are in danger of being deprived...
Page 162 - That which nature binds, nature also dissolves; and that which the soul binds, the soul likewise dissolves. Nature, indeed, bound the body to the soul; but the soul binds herself to the body. Nature, therefore, liberates the body from the soul; but the soul liberates herself from the body. . . . Hence there is a twofold death; the one, indeed universally known, in which the body is liberated from the soul; but the other peculiar to philosophers, in which the soul is liberated from the body. Nor does...
Page xlix - App. Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are; Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill 3 Shall come against him.
Page 97 - certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of ' our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen ' of Heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto ' her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our ' kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, ' and in the courts of Jerusalem : for then had ' we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw ' no evil. But, since we left off to burn incense
Page xxvi - ... which we have no longer any more venerable. Nor should we stop in our ascent till we find this to be the case. For there is no occasion to fear that our progression will be through an unsubstantial void, by conceiving something about the first principles which is greater than and surpasses their nature. For it is not possible for our conceptions to take such a mighty leap as to equal, and much less to pass beyond the dignity of the first principles of things.11 He adds, " This therefore is one...
Page xxviii - Orphic theology, each of the planets is fixed in a luminous etherial sphere called an oXornt, or wholeness*, because it is a part with a total subsistence, and is analogous to the sphere of the fixed stars. In consequence of this analogy, each of these planetary spheres contains a multitude of Gods, who are the satellites of the leading divinity of the sphere, and subsist conformably to his characteristics. This doctrine, which, as I have elsewhere observed, is one of the grand keys to the mythology...
Page xxxiii - Diana, vivific ; and the fourth, Mercury, Venus, Apollo, elevating and harmonic ; I say, if we unite this with the preceding theory, there is nothing in the ancient theology that will not appear admirably sublime and beautifully connected, accurate in all its parts, scientific and divine.
Page 178 - Saturn, from his impartible, unical, paternal, and beneficent subsistence in the intellectual orders, has been considered by some as the same with the one cause of all things. He is, however, only analogous to this cause, just as Orpheus calls the first cause Time (xpovoc) nearly homonymously with Saturn (/cpovof).

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