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Page 44 - Blazed battlement and pinnet high, Blazed every rose-carved buttress fair, So still they blaze, when fate is nigh The lordly line of high St. Clair.
Page 31 - The lantern of the central large tower is beautifully light and striking. It is supported by four massive clustered pillars, about forty feet in circumference; but the eye on looking downwards is shocked at the tasteless division of the choir from the nave by what is called a Grecian screen, and the interior of the transepts has undergone a like tasteless decoration.
Page 249 - Roman art — as it appeared in its later stages. The folds of the draperies, and the proportions of the figures, are executed with this feeling. I must observe that, both at top and at bottom of the principal subject, there is a running allegorical ornament, of which I will not incur the presumption to suppose myself a successful interpreter. The constellations, and the symbols of agriculture and of a rural occupation form the chief subjects of this running ornament. All the inscriptions are executed...
Page 33 - ... who, by his strength, policy and wit kept them all out of the principal dominions of France, and out of this noble duchy of Normandy ? Wherefore, I say first, GOD SAVE HIS SOUL ; and let his body now lie in rest, which when he was alive, would have disquieted the proudest of us all. And for THIS TOMB, I assure you it is not so worthy or convenient as his honour and acts have deserved.
Page 25 - THE approach to Rouen is indeed magnificent. I speak of the immediate approach ; after you reach the top of a considerable rise, and are stopped by the barriers, you then look down a straight, broad, and strongly paved road, lined with a double row of trees on each side. As the foliage was not thickly set, we could discern, through the delicately clothed branches the tapering spire of the Cathedral and the more picturesque tower of the Abbaye St.
Page 214 - ) on each side of the binding. In the centre of the sides we recognise the lunar ornaments of Diane de" Poitiers ; on the back are five portraits of her, in gilt, each within the bands, — and, like, all the other ornaments, much rubbed. ... On the sides are two medallions of a winged figure...
Page 227 - ... not the religious sentiment, but a strange astonishment, not unmingled with awe, yet certainly not akin to reverence. The long ranges of lofty pillars ; the countless sharp Gothic arches ; the numerous chapels on either side, adorned with pictures and statuary, frequently with candles burning before the image of the Virgin with the infant Jesus in her arms, all seen in a flood of light poured into the church through more than a hundred windows, whose glass is stained with every shade of color,...
Page 91 - Il se trouve , mon père , que nous avons dans notre rue une voisine qui est la plus méchante de toutes; elle jure, elle querelle tous ceux qui passent ; personne ne peut la souffrir , ni son mari ; elle s'enivre; et vous me direz, mon père : Qui est celle-là?
Page 26 - Cathedral and the more picturesque tower of the Abbaye St. Ouen — with hanging gardens and white houses to the left — covering a richly cultivated ridge of hills, which sink as it were into the Boulevards and which is called the Faubourg Cauchoise. To the right, through the trees, you see the river Seine (here of no despicable depth or breadth) covered with boats and vessels in motion : the voice of commerce and the stir of industry cheering and animating you as you approach the town. I was told...
Page 43 - I., which stands at the corner of the street, to the right; and which, from its central situation, is visited the livelong day for the sake of its limpid waters. Push on a little further, then, turning to the right, you get into a sort of square, and observe the abbey — or rather the west front of it — full in 181 face of you.