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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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THE ROMAN EMPERORS IN MARBLE. I47
from the devilish worshipper of sensuality to the wor-
shipper of the Ideal in the crown of thorn. They might
have trodden the pavement of the Forum at the same
moment. And while the court Epicureans, who made
beauty as independent of morality as a later age would
have made religious faith independent of reason, held
their wild revels on the Palatine, in the Ghetto of that
time, walked the poor tent-maker from Cilicia, looking
compassionately on these orgies of the flesh—for he felt
their might in his own frame—and absorbed in the great
mystery of salvation : the annihilation of sin, and the
reunion of erring mankind to a spiritual body in the true
ideal of beauty, the First-born of the creation.

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