The romance of the fountain

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byEugene Lee-hamilton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX THE PORTENT The demons painted on the walls of the great rock-temple of Bimini had disappeared under a tapestry of dewy blossoms, bright in its transient patterns; while the pillars of the huge fane of Beauty and Destruction concealed the scars of their immemorable age under a garb of odoriferous palms, and seemed to be holding each other like colossal captives with the ephemeral chains of spring. On the pavement the stains of human sacrifice were hidden by a freshly-strewn litter of numberless flowers. The troops of garland-girls who had been wreathing the temple had finished their task, and had at last taken their departure. It was the Feast of Arrows. For seven days, the countless warriors of the most warlike nation of the Setting Sun were about to bring their quivers in silent companies, to the monotonous booming of the gong of gongs, that every long copper-headed shaft might get its baptism of poison. And never yet, since those stupendous columns had first been carved out of the living rock by long-dead generations, innumerable centuries ago, had venom of such potency been required to stem the rising tide of invasion; and never had the yearly Feast of Arrows been celebrated with such solemnity as on the present occasion, when the white invaders, with the impious help of the rebellious tribes, had reached the very gates of the capital. Two figures were moving in the shadow of the great columns, both stricken in years--the one a tall, white-haired man in white pontifical robes; the other a woman so wrinkled and shrivelled that she might have been a mummy divested of its swathings and re-animated, to prowl for an hour amid the scenes of a life extinct for ages. "Is all ready, Othoxa?" asked the tall High Priest, approaching the shrivelled cron...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX THE PORTENT The demons painted on the walls of the great rock-temple of Bimini had disappeared under a tapestry of d...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021713341X

ISBN - 13:9780217133418

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