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SANDS OF THE DESERT sante.

Le

silence de ces solitudes terrific

;

201

un mot prononcd a voix

basse suscite des echos etranges. Le voyageur est trouble du bruit de ses pas. C'est bien la montagne des Elohim, avec leurs

contours invisibles, leurs d^cevantes transparences, leurs bizarres miroitements." has always seemed to

me

that quite apart from the religious awakening of Islam, one of the most interesting features of Moorish greatness is that it was pushed into existence by a It

desert struggle, and that for centuries this struggle conquered the influence of the desert itself, which had always had so pronounced

That the great

on mental progress.

a depression

and

desert should

speak language sufficiently strong to grapple with the enveloping silence belongs to the mysterious side of the workat all

find

ings of Nature.

With

the Arabs of the invasion

it

was the

struggle between the confines of one desert and the confines of another, a civil warfare which ignited inner, not outer, fires.

The

of breaking into it with the roar of western nations, with the voices of foreign races, has ever been a mere

illusion

filling

it

Utopia, as in the days of the Romans,

who

battled with

its

sands

and were buried beneath them.

The

effect

of foreign races on desert

life

reminds one of the

Without being kaleidoof the desert influence in Spain. scopic, Spain has ever been absorbent of vast impressions which efi>:ct

have sunk in from without, like heavy dews, and

it

is

not mere

suggestion that that country loses half its language when the farso as one thought leads into off^ note of the desert is unknown ;

an abstract

influence in Spain strikes who have those forcibly passed directly from the peninsula to The terrible effect of solitude on the the verge of the sand sea.

another, the

desert

as

psychology of the Arabs is naturally powerful, but that its hidden force should have penetrated into that far-off country of Europe, that many of its strange characteristics should still be found in the imagination, as people and scenery alike, takes

it

were, by

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