The story of Italy, by the author of 'Mary Powell'.

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Page 206 - Things vulgar and, well weighed, scarce worth the praise ? They praise, and they admire they know not what, And know not whom, but as one leads the other ; And what delight to be by such...
Page 193 - ... was involved in the dangerous necessity of governing without the right, and, as far as might be, without the semblance of power, — one who knew the vindictive and unscrupulous hostility which, at home and abroad, he had to encounter. If thoughts like these could bring a cloud over the brow of Lorenzo, unfit for the object he sought in that retreat, he might restore its serenity by other scenes which his garden commanded. Mountains, bright with various hues and clothed with wood, bounded the...
Page 246 - ... interesting.* He never rode on horseback or in a carriage, but performed all his journeys on foot; a practice which he continued after he was advanced in years. When he paid a visit to the palaces of princes or bishops, he was always met and received with the honours due to one of superior rank, and...
Page 51 - In those times," says a writer about the year 1800, speaking of the days of Frederic Barbarossa, " the manners of the Italians were rude. A man and his wife ate off the same plate. There were no wooden-handled knives, nor more than one or two drinking-cups in a house. Candles of wax or tallow were unknown ; a servant held a torch during supper. The clothes of men were of leather unlined : scarcely any gold or silver was seen on their dress.
Page 376 - Emanuel, who has already so nobly shown you the path of honour. Remember that without discipline there can be no army. Be to-day only soldiers, and to-morrow you will be the free citizens of a great country.
Page 163 - ... in your native place honoured and respected. Nothing affords me more pleasure than the reflection that my conduct has not given offence to any one ; but that, on the contrary, I have endeavoured to serve all persons to the best of my abilities. I advise you to do the same. With respect to the honours of the state, if you would live with security, accept only such as are bestowed on you by the laws and the favour of your fellow-citizens; for it is the exercise of that power which is obtained by...
Page 376 - Your reception of me has already proved to me that you have understood me. I do not come here with the preconceived system of dispossessing the sovereign, nor to impose my will on you. My army will only occupy itself with two things — to combat your enemies, and to maintain internal order. It will not throw any obstacle in the way of legitimate manifestation of your wishes.
Page 250 - O doting old man, who has bewitched thee to feign to thyself another Christ than thou wert taught by the catholic church ? Ah ! Bernardino, how great wert thou in the eyes of all men ! Oh, how beautiful and fair ! Thy coarse but sacred cap excelled the cardinal's hat and the pope's mitre, thy nakedness the most gorgeous apparel, thy bed of wattles the softest and most delicious couch, thy deep poverty the riches of the world. Thou wert the herald of the highest, the trumpet sounding far and wide...
Page 192 - In a villa overhanging the towers of Florence, on the steep slope of that lofty hill crowned by the mother city, the ancient Fiesole, in gardens which Tully might have envied, with Ficino, Landino, and Politian at his side, he delighted his hours of leisure with the beautiful visions of Platonic philosophy, for which the summer stillness of an Italian sky appears the most congenial accompaniment.
Page 52 - The portions of women were small; their dress, even after marriage, was simple. The pride of men was to be well provided with arms and horses; that of the nobility to have lofty towers, of which all the cities in Italy were full. But now frugality has been changed for sumptuousness; everything exquisite is sought after in dress; gold, silver, pearls, silks, and rich furs. Foreign wines and rich meats are required. Hence usury, rapine, fraud, tyranny," &c.y This passage is supported by other testimonies...

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