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OSIRIS, From the Tombs of the Kings at Thebes.

Now, the precious stones placed in the breastplate of God's high priest were called on Urim (from radix 1 Ur), signifying lights; not merely from their splendour, but principally, it was said, from the illumination of the Divine oracles delivered by Jehovah to the high priest, when arrayed in them; and are likewise called on Thummim, completion or perfection, from the said oracle never failing, but always being accomplished. We know it is that never-failing oracle, which did predict against the principles on which Egypt's system stands. “I am going (said the Divine Oracle, the Jehovah) to visit Ammon in wrath and desolation.” He fulfilled the denouncement against the temple of Ypsambul, where a solar fixture was the commander, and fire the pervader; for in Ammon's temple, as well as in that of Diana, was kept a perpetual lamp, a burner in the temple’s centre,an illumination, as of Baal in honour of the Sun; answering to our planetary imagery, whose device is perpetual fire in the centre. So that Osiris, when he honours Isis with royal livery, places the crown of Cronus (i.e. the horns of a bull) on the

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