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FUGITIVE PIECES. THE RUINS OF P A L E N Q U E . " We considered the oratorio or altar the most interesting portion of the ruins of Palenque. We could not but regard it as a holy place, dedicated to the gods, and consecrated by the...
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FUGITIVE PIECES. THE RUINS OF P A L E N Q U E . " We considered the oratorio or altar the most interesting portion of the ruins of Palenque. We could not but regard it as a holy place, dedicated to the gods, and consecrated by the religious observances of a past and unknown people. Comparatively the hand of ruin has spared it, and the great tablet, surviving the wreck of elements, stands perfect and entire. Lonely, deserted, and without any worshippers at its shrine, the figures and characters are distinct as when the people who reared it went up to pay their adorations before it. To us it was all a mystery ; silent, defying the most scrutinizing gaze and reach of intellect. "What we had before our eyes was grand, curious, and remarkable enough. Here were the remains of a cultivated, polished, and peculiar people, who had passed through all the stages incident to the rise and fall of nations, reached their golden age, and perished, entirely unknown. The links which connected them with the human family were severed and lost, and these were the only memorials of their footsteps upon earth. We lived in, the ruinedpalace of their kings; we went up to their desolate temples and fallen aftars; and wherever we moved we saw the evidences of their taste, their skill in arts, their wealth and power. In the midst of desolation and ruin we looked back to the past, cleared away the gloomy forest, and fancied every building perfect, with its terraces and pyramids, its sculptured and painted ornaments, grand, lofty, and imposing, and overlooking an immense inhabited plain ; we called back into life the strange people who gazed at us in sadness from the walls ; pictured them, in fanciful costumes and adorned with plumes of feathers, ascending the terraces of the palace and the step...
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  • BN ID: 2940022704723
  • Publisher: New-York, D. Appleton & co.; Philadelphia, G. S. Appleton
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1844 volume
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