The Spell of Egypt by Robert Hichens













































 -  Climb the great Pyramid, spend a day with Abou on its
summit, come down, penetrate into its recesses, stand in - Page 6
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Climb The Great Pyramid, Spend A Day With Abou On Its Summit, Come Down, Penetrate Into Its Recesses, Stand In The King's Chamber, Listen To The Silence There, Feel It With Your Hands - Is It Not Tangible In This Hot Fastness Of Incorruptible Death?

- Creep, like the surreptitious midget you feel yourself to be, up those long and steep inclines of polished stone,

Watching the gloomy darkness of the narrow walls, the far-off pinpoint of light borne by the Bedouin who guides you, hear the twitter of the bats that have their dwelling in this monstrous gloom that man has made to shelter the thing whose ambition could never be embalmed, though that, of all qualities, should have been given here, in the land it dowered, a life perpetual. Now you know the Great Pyramid. You know that you can climb it, that you can enter it. You have seen it from all sides, under all aspects. It is familiar to you.

No, it can never be that. With its more wonderful comrade, the Sphinx, it has the power peculiar, so it seems to me, to certain of the rock and stone monuments of Egypt, of holding itself ever aloof, almost like the soul of man which can retreat at will, like the Bedouin retreating from you into the blackness of the Pyramid, far up, or far down, where the pursuing stranger, unaided, cannot follow.

II

THE SPHINX

One day at sunset I saw a bird trying to play with the Sphinx - a bird like a swallow, but with a ruddy brown on its breast, a gleam of blue somewhere on its wings.

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