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THE
THE VEIL OF ISIS;
OR,
MYSTERIES OF THE DRUIDS
BY
W. WINWOOD READE.(1861)
"By the bright circle of the golden sun,By the bright courses of the errant moon,By the dread potency of every star,In the mysterious Zodiac's burning girth,By each and all of these supernal signs,We do adjure thee, with this trusty bladeTo guard yon central oak, whose holy stem,Involves the spirit of high Taranis:Be this thy charge."-MASON
 
DEDICATION.
TO EMILY***.As those presents are always the most fashionable, and sometimes the mostvalued, which cannot be used, I give you this book, which you will not be able toread, but which, perhaps, you will kindly preserve in memory of its writer.An author can pay no higher compliment to a friend than to dedicate to her a work upon which he has spent much labor and anxiety. This effort of a young man toredeem a mistake, perhaps a fault, in his literary life, deserves to be sealed withyour name, for it is you who have repeatedly urged him to the task, and presidedover it like a guardian angel, with kind and consoling words.
CONTENTS.
BOOK THE FIRST.DARKNESS.BOOK THE SECOND.
 
ABORIGINES.I.-AlbionII.-BritainIII.-AnalysisIV.-DescriptionBOOK THE THIRD.THE DRUIDS.I.-OriginII.-Power III.-The Derwydd, or PhilosophersIV.-The Bardd, or MusiciansV.-The Ovades, or NoviciatesVI.-Rites and CeremoniesVII. -PriestessesBOOK THE FOURTH.THE DESTRUCTION OF THE DRUIDS.BOOK THE FIFTH.VESTIGES OF DRUIDISM.I.-In the Ceremonies of the Church of RomeII.-In the Emblems of FreemasonryIII.-In Rustic Folk-LoreAPPENDIX.
BOOK THE FIRST.
 
DARKNESS
THE VEIL OF ISIS;
OR,
THE MYSTERIES OF THE DRUIDS.
THERE is no study so saddening, and none so sublime as that of the earlyreligions of mankind. To trace back the worship of God to its simple origin, andto mark the gradual process of those degrading superstitions, and unhallowed riteswhich darkened, and finally extinguished His presence in the ancient world.At first men enjoyed the blessings of nature as children do, without inquiring intocauses. It was sufficient for them that the earth gave them herbs, that the trees bore them fruit, that the stream quenched their thirst. They were happy, and everymoment though unconsciously they offered a prayer of gratitude to Him whom asyet they did not know.And then a system of theology arose amongst them vague and indefinite, as thewaters of the boundless sea. They taught each other that the sun, and the earth, themoon, and the stars were moved and illumined by a Great Soul which was thesource of all life, which caused the birds to sing, the brooks to murmur, and thesea to heave. It was a sacred Fire which shone in the firmament, and in mightyflames. It was a strange Being which animated the, souls of men, and which whenthe bodies died, returned to itself again.They silently adored this Great Soul in the beginning, and spoke of Him withreverence, and sometimes raised their eyes timidly to His glittering dwelling- place on high.And soon they learned to pray. When those whom they loved lay dying, theyuttered wild lamentations, and flung their arms despairingly towards themysterious Soul; for in times of trouble the human mind so imbecile, so helpless,clings to something that is stronger than itself.As yet they worshipped only the sun, the moon, and the stars-and not as Gods butas visions of that Divine Essence, which alone ruled and pervaded the earth, thesky, and the sea.They adored Him kneeling, with their hands clasped, and their eyes raised. Theyoffered Him no sacrifices, they built Him no temples; they were content to offer Him their hearts which were full of awe, in His own temple which was full of grandeur. And it is said that there are yet some barbarous islands where men haveno churches nor ceremonies, and where they worship God, reflected in the work of His thousand hands.

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