Venice: past and present

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Page 97 - By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Page 97 - Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Page 97 - Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic : therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee ; and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Page 83 - ... in the sun, as one may see them at their windows. In their tire, they set silk flowers and sparkling stones, their...
Page 40 - The public eye never penetrated the mystery of their proceedings ; the accused was sometimes not heard — never confronted with witnesses : the condemnation was secret as the inquiry ; the punishment undivulged like both."* Nor was this all : instituted solely for the cognizance of state crimes, this tribunal gradually attributed to itself the control of every branch of government, and exercised despotic influence over the questions of peace and war, over fiscal enactments, military arrangements,...
Page 62 - In the year 1341 an inundation of many days' continuance liad raised the water three cubits higher than it had ever before been seen in Venice, and during a stormy night, while the flood appeared to be still increasing, a poor old fisherman sought what refuge he could find by mooring his crazy bark close to the Riva di San Marco.
Page 62 - Nicolo di Lido. The astonished fisherman again refused, till he was prevailed upon by a further confident assurance of safety and excellent pay. At San Nicolo they picked up a third person, and then instructed the boatman to proceed to the Two Castles at Lido. Though the waves ran fearfully high...
Page 63 - Though the waves ran fearfully high, the old man by this time had become accustomed to them ; and, moreover, there was something about his mysterious crew which either silenced his fears, or diverted them from the tempest to his companions. Scarcely had they gained the strait, when they saw a galley, rather flying than sailing along the Adriatic, manned (if we may so say) with devils, who seemed hurrying with fierce and threatening gestures to sink Venice in the deep. The sea, which had hitherto...
Page 63 - The fisherman, who seems to have had all his wits about him, answered, that he might tell that story, but he much doubted whether he should be believed : upon which St. Mark pulled from his finger a gold ring, worth about five ducats, saying, " Show them this ring, and bid them look for it in my treasury, whence it will be found missing.
Page 63 - ... the deep. The sea, which had hitherto been furiously agitated, in a moment became unruffled ; and the strangers, crossing themselves, conjured the fiends to depart. At the word, the demoniacal galley vanished, and the three passengers were quietly landed at the spots at which each respectively had been taken up. The boatman, it seems, was not quite easy about his fare, and, before parting, he implied pretty clearly that the sight of this miracle, after all, would be but bad pay.

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