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. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . ct, but theRosicrucian teachings of Kelpius had been carriedfrom the banks of the Wissahickon to those of theCocalico at Ephrata. Conrad Beissel had beeninitiated into a Rosicrucian chapter at Heidelberg,and having thereby lost employment he, with severalbrother pilgrims, crossed the ocean in 1720 to joinKelpius in his tabernacle. They found the taber-nacle deserted, Kelpius dead, and his followersscattered and, alas, nearly all married. Seetig andMatthai and Witt

. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . ct, but theRosicrucian teachings of Kelpius had been carriedfrom the banks of the Wissahickon to those of theCocalico at Ephrata. Conrad Beissel had beeninitiated into a Rosicrucian chapter at Heidelberg,and having thereby lost employment he, with severalbrother pilgrims, crossed the ocean in 1720 to joinKelpius in his tabernacle. They found the taber-nacle deserted, Kelpius dead, and his followersscattered and, alas, nearly all married. Seetig andMatthai and Witt Stock Photo
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. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . ct, but theRosicrucian teachings of Kelpius had been carriedfrom the banks of the Wissahickon to those of theCocalico at Ephrata. Conrad Beissel had beeninitiated into a Rosicrucian chapter at Heidelberg,and having thereby lost employment he, with severalbrother pilgrims, crossed the ocean in 1720 to joinKelpius in his tabernacle. They found the taber-nacle deserted, Kelpius dead, and his followersscattered and, alas, nearly all married. Seetig andMatthai and Witt remained. At the advice ofMatthai, Beissel then helped to found the Ephrata The Sun-dial of Ahaz 409 Community.On ChristmasDay, 1723,fireswere lighted onthe hills andtwenty-threemembers wereadmitted, six inmidwinter be-ing baptized byimmersion.Love-feasts andfoot-washingssoon began;these are stillpart of the ser-vices of someof the Ephrataand other ofthe Germansectaries. Thelove-feast con-sists of coffeeand unleavenedbread, or some-times lamb soup^ to the communicants ;while bread andappje-butter isserved to visi-tors. Under. Sun-dial, Church of Our Lady, Munich. 41 o Sun-dials and Roses of Yesterday Beissel the sect grew wondrously, and he was one ofthe earHest patrons of FrankHns printing-press andhad strong longings to have Franklin join the com-munity. But I can imagine nothing less to Frank-lins taste and nature. As a Christian evangelistBeissel curiously combined mystic theosophy withhis teachings in such a way as to be intensely allur-ing. Some of his disciples carried Rosicrucianismfurther than he approved; for some returned tooclose to nature, clinging to the teaching that theOak furnished the first food for mankind, givingacorns for food and honey-dew for drink, while therustling of the branches plainly indicated the pres-ence of God. They ate only bread and porridgemade of acorn flour, deemed reasonably palatableby hungry brothers. When roasted like coffee,acorns mad

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