Travels through Sicily and the Lipari islands, in the month of December, 1824 (Google eBook)

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Printed for T. Flint, 1827 - Lipari Islands (Italy) - 367 pages
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Page 210 - Alpheum fama est hue Elidis amnem Occultas egisse vias subter mare : qui nunc Ore, Arethusa, tuo Siculis confunditur undis.
Page 280 - It stands between forty and fifty feet high, embellished with angels, clouds, cherubims, and a variety of other objects, grouped up to typify the assumption of the Virgin ; all of which is surmounted by a blasphemous incorporation of the Almighty, in the human form, holding forth a tawdrily decorated female figure, intended to represent the soul of the Virgin. The parts which form the centre, namely, a bright radiated sun, and blue globe, studded with golden stars, are kept in motion, by revolving...
Page 279 - The Messinese are very devout, and being fond of religious ceremonies, the church festivals are productive of innumerable sacred processions, full of pageantry and pagan-like pomp. The most popular is the festival of the assumption, the celebration of which has been for some years remitted from its usual period to the month of August, and it is now called the Festa del Barra, from the gorgeous machine of that name, which, like the car of Sta. Rosalia, at Palermo, constitutes the most attractive partof...
Page 177 - ... perennes. Tota vero ab omni aditu circumcisa atque dirempta est. Quam circa lacus lucique sunt plurimi, et líEtissimi ßores omni tempore anni : locus ut ipse raptum ilium virginis, quern jam a pueris accepimus, declarare videatur.
Page 280 - A hand of music, with religious as well as military hanners, precedes this holy pageant, accompanied by all the constituted authorities of the city in full costume, followed by nearly the whole population of Messina. The celebration of this fete lasts three days, during which other public processions and exhibitions take place, commemorative of several auspicious events in the history of Messina, namely, the expulsion of the Saracens, the arrival of corn during an alarming period of famine, &c.
Page 359 - The former is a sort of holiday petticoat, of mixed colours, neatly trimmed with flounces, and when thrown over the delicate form of a female is peculiarly elegant, particularly when combined with the latter as worn by the: Spanish women ; it is a long veil falling from the top of the head down to the waist, which in Sicily is most frequently substituted by a cotton or linen handkerchief. The costume of the men more generally resembles that of Spain, with a broad belt round the waist, and a white...
Page 195 - When Athens' armies fell at Syracuse, And fettered thousands bore the yoke of war, Redemption rose up in the Attic Muse, Her voice their only ransom from afar : See ! as they chant the tragic hymn, the car Of the o'ermastered victor stops, the reins Fall from his hands — his idle scimitar Starts from its belt — he rends his captive's chains, And bids him thank the bard for freedom and his strains.
Page 155 - In the cathedral of Girgenti, in Sicily, the slightest whisper is borne with perfect distinctness from the great western door to the cornice behind the high altar, a distance of 250 feet. By a most unlucky coincidence, the precise focus of divergence at the former station was chosen for the place of the confessional.
Page 61 - Et vada dura lego saxis Lilybeia caecis. Hinc Drepani me portus et illaetabilis ora Accipit. Hie, pelagi tot tempestatibus actus, Heu genitorem, omnis curae casusque levamen, Amitto Anchisen.
Page 19 - It is well endowed, and has a comfortable table every day open- for a certain number of nobles who are reduced to want ; but is curious for the disposal and arrangement of the remains of the departed fraternity, which are placed in a double row of niches, through four long subterraneous corridors, suspended, by the neck, in their monastic garb, with a label, containing the name, age, and period of decease.

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