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herself for what she termed her weakness, adjusts her veil, and retires from the exhibition, engaging to return on an early day.
Agreeably to her intention, Mrs. Neville with her daughters, very soon repeated her visit. The young ladies requested Mr. Davenport to proceed with the scene which followed that which they had already noticed; and he having informed them, that on receiving their Mamma's note he had made that arrangement; they immediately tripped to the Camera.
No sooner had Amelia glanced at the scene, than she instantly said, surely this represents the inside of a palace, the hangings, the furniture, the profusion of rich ornaments, Apis with the white tuft on his black forehead, and Ibis with his long and scarlet coloured beak, depicted in almost every compartment, all indicate that this is a royal apartment; and I imagine of the Egyptian King-yes, it is -there sits Pharaoh on his ivory throne, richly inlaid with burnished gold. Before him are men in long robes, I suppose they are intended for his astrologers and magicians; how mute they are! some with their fingers on their lips, others with their arms folded; but all their eyes, even those of the King, directed towards a young man who stands near the throne, surely, that is Joseph. He addresses the Monarch, who hears him with attentive admiration, presents his ring to Joseph—the attendants now array him in the most costly robes, and the King himself places a chain of gold about his neck, as an insignia of the command with which he was thus invested. I almost hear him say, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
Mrs. N.—Harriot, you are quite silent, does not this scene please you?
Harriot. I was hearkening to my sister, Mamma, and observing how exactly she described the movements of the figures; I should not have known
that it was Pharaoh's state room, had not she mentioned it, nor do I know yet to what the beasts and birds allưde, by which my sister discovered the meaning of the scene.
D.--Although you are not acquainted with the ornaments of an Egyptian state room, you certainly know that the Egyptians were much given to idolatry. They worshipped cats, dogs, goats, sheep, and many other animals. They held them in the most awful respect, and punished the least injury done to any of them with more than brutal severity. It is recorded “ That a Roman soldier having killed a cat in EGYPT, the mob ran to his house, to tear him to pieces, and neither the intreaties of the nobility, nor the terror of Rome could free him from punishment. Each city and district in Egypt entertained a peculiar devotion for some beast or other.” But those which appear painted on the state room, are different representations of the Apis, and the Ibis, which were their chief deities. “ The Apis was either a bull or an ox—the whole body was black, except a white spot on the forehead, resembling a crescent: the hairs of the tail were double, and it had the form of a beetle under its tongue. After death, it was buried with great solemnity and mourning; this done, they carefully sought another with the