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1843 Excerpt: ...those who have gone before them. In the centre of
the village, almost buried by the accumulation of sand from the
desert and the ruins of Arab huts, is another magnificent temple.
The street is upon a EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS. 123 I level with the
roof, and a hole has been dug between two columns, so as to give
entrance to the interior. The traveller has by this time lost the
wonder and indignation at the barbarity of converting the wonderful
remains of Egyptian skill and labour to the meanest uses; and,
descending between the excavated columns, finds himself, without
any feeling of surprise, in a large cleared space, filled with
grain, earthen jars, and Arabs. The gigantic columns, with their
lotus-leaved capitals, are familiar things; but, among the devices
on the ceiling, his wandering eye is fixed by certain mysterious
characters, which have been called the signs of the zodiac, and
from which speculators in science have calculated that the temple
was built more than six thousand years ago, before the time
assigned by the Mosaic account as the beginning of the world. But
this little town contains objects of more interest than the ruin of
a heathen temple; for here, among the bigoted followers of
Mohammed, dwell fifty or sixty Christian families.; being the last
in Egypt, and standing on the very outposts of the Christian world.
They exhibited, however, a melancholy picture of the religion they
profess. The priest was a swarthy, scowling Arab, and, as Paul
said, looked more like a robber than a pastor. He followed us for
bucksheesh, and, attended by a crowd of boys, we went to the house
of the bishop. This bishop, as he is styled by courtesy, is a
miserable-looking old man; he told us he had charge of the two
churches at Esneh, and of all the Christians in the...
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