302 EDGAR ALLAN FOE �acters engraven in the stone; and I walked through the morass of water-lilies, until I came close unto the shore, that I might read the characters upon the stone. But I could not decipher them. And I was going back into the morass, when the moon shone with a fuller red, and I turned and looked again upon the rock, and upon the characters; and the characters were DESOLATION. �"And I looked upwards, and there stood a man upon the summit of the rock ; and I hid myself among the water-lilies that I might discover the actions of the man. And the man was tall and stately in form, and was wrapped up from his shoulders to his feet in the toga of old Rome. And the outlines of his figure were indistinct but his features were the features of a deity; for the mantle of the night, and of the mist, and of the moon, and of the dew, had left uncov- ered the features of his face. And his brow was lofty with thought, and his eye wild with care ; and in the fe.w furrows upon his cheek I read the fables of sor- row, and weariness, and disgust with mankind, and a longing after solitude. �"And the man sat upon the rock, and leaned his head upon his hand, and looked out upon the desola- tion. He looked down into the low, unquiet shrub- bery, and up into the tall primeval trees, and up higher at the rustling heaven, and into the crimson moon. And I lay close within shelter of the lilies, and ob- served the actions of the man. And the man trembled in the solitude ; but the night waned, and he sat upon the rock. �"And the man turned his attention from the heaven, and looked out upon the dreary river Zaire, and upon ��� �
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