S.H.D. Commonplace Book (16:35:1),
Martha Dickinson Bianchi Collection,
John Hay Library, Brown University Libraries
Rests in Tomb Where He
Was Laid 3,400 Years Ago.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD:--
In a spacious tomb chamber hewn out of the solid rock of a mountain near Luxor, Egypt, ancient Thebes, approached by a hall way cut for more than a hundred feet into the heart of the mountain which contains the tombs of the Kings, lies the mummy of King Amenophis II. in the stone sarcophagus in which it was laid more than 3,400 years ago.
An electric light at his head illumines the calm features and reveals the wreaths of flowers with which his body was decked for burial. When it is borne in mind that all of the important events of recorded history have happened since he was laid in his tomb, and that Moses, the great Hebrew leader, and Marenptah, the Pharoah of the Exodus, were yet unborn when Amenophis sat upon his throne it is impossible to look upon his impressive countenance without profound emotion.
The Nile tide bringeth life and hope
Three thousand years of dreamless sleep,
How brief the span of human life,
The Jewish kings have turned to dust;
The Lion Heart and Saladin
Thou wert sleeping there when Bethlehem's Star
And thou must sleep till Gabriel's trump
Then, if to duty thou wast true,
FRANCIS C. MOORE.
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