Comte de Gabalis , at sacred-texts.com
JJAs for the sacred fire, the vestal virgins took it up, together with other holy relics and fled away with it: though some will have it, that they have not the charge of any thing but that ever-living fire which Numa appointed to be worshipped. as the principle of things. It is indeed the most alive thing in Nature. PLUTARCH'S " LIFE OF CAMILLUS."