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Examples of Abstruser
And, in the first place, there is what may be called an elementary view of this abstruser symbolism, which seems almost to be a corollary from what has already been described in the preceding article.
In the last essay, I treated of that symbolism of the masonic system which makes the temple of Jerusalem the archetype of a lodge, and in which, in consequence, all the symbols are referred to the connection of a speculative science with an operative art.
As this abstruser mode of symbolism, if less peculiar to the masonic system, is, however, far more interesting than the one which was treated in the previous essay,-because it is more philosophical,-I propose to give an extended investigation of its character.
It is in the first degree of Masonry, more particularly, that this species of symbolism is developed.
In the examination I foresaw that much which I had previously acquired might be profitably displayed,-much secret and recondite knowledge of the customs and manners of the ancients, as well as their literature, which curiosity had led me to obtain, and which I knew had never entered into the heads of those who, contented with their reputation in the customary academical routine, had rarely dreamed of wandering into less beaten paths of learning.
Though inattentive to the school exercises, I had never been wholly idle.