"The Science of the Ancient Magi was concealed under the shadows of the Ancient Mysteries: it was imperfectly revealed by the Gnostics: it is guessed at under the obscurities that cover the pretended crimes of the Templars; and it is found enveloped in enigmas that seem impenetrable, in the Rites of the Highest Masonry. Magism was the Science of Abraham and Orpheus, of Confucius and Zoroaster.
It was the dogmas of this Science that were engraven on the tables of stone by Enoch and Trismegistus.
Moses purified and re-veiled them, for that is the meaning of the word reveal. He covered them with a new veil, when he made of the Holy Kabbalah the heritage of the people of Israel, and the inviolable Secret of its priests.
The Mysteries of Thebes and Eleusis preserved among the nations some symbols of it, already altered, and the mysterious key whereof was lost among the instruments of an ever-growing superstition."