5. the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the
river--The occasion is thought to have been a religious solemnity
which the royal family opened by bathing in the sacred stream. Peculiar
sacredness was attached to those portions of the Nile which flowed near
the temples. The water was there fenced off as a protection from the
crocodiles; and doubtless the princess had an enclosure reserved for
her own use, the road to which seems to have been well known to
walked along--in procession or in file.
she sent her maid--her immediate attendant. The term is different from that rendered "maidens."
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