Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Illustrating the Arms, Arts, and Literature of Italy, from 1440 to 1630, Volume 3

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851 - Art, Renaissance
 

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Page 292 - Most musical, most melancholy' bird! A melancholy bird? Oh! idle thought! In Nature there is nothing melancholy. But some night-wandering man whose heart was pierced With the remembrance of a grievous wrong, Or slow distemper, or neglected love, (And so, poor wretch...
Page 173 - That place, that does Contain my books, the best companions, is To me a glorious court, where hourly I Converse with the old sages and philosophers ; And sometimes for variety I confer With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels ; Calling their victories, if unjustly got, Unto a strict account ; and in my fancy, Deface their ill-placed statues.
Page 369 - Nor then forget that Chamber of the Dead, Where the gigantic shapes of Night and Day, Turned into stone, rest everlastingly; • Yet still are breathing, and shed round at noon A two-fold influence — only to be felt — A light, a darkness, mingling each with each ; Both and yet neither. There, from age to age, Two Ghosts are sitting on their sepulchres. That is the Duke LORENZO. Mark him well. He meditates, his head upon his hand. What from beneath his helm-like...
Page 184 - Neither the better heritage obtains. Rarely into the branches of the tree Doth human worth mount up : and so ordains He who bestows it, that as His free gift It may be call'd. To Charles...
Page 186 - Amp. The frosty hand of age now nips your blood, And strews her snowy flowers upon your head, And gives you warning that within few years Death needs must marry you : those...
Page 370 - Turned into stone, rest everlastingly : Yet still are breathing and shed round at noon A twofold influence, — only to be felt — A light, a darkness, mingling each with each ; Both, and yet neither. There, from age to age, Two ghosts are sitting on their sepulchres. That is the Duke Lorenzo. Mark him well. He meditates, his head upon his hand. What from beneath his helm-like bonnet scowls ? Is it a face, or but an eyeless skull ? "I'is lost in shade ; yet, like the basilisk, It fascinates, and...
Page 239 - Europe was afterwards to become to the rest of the world — an organised body of highly civilised states, different in their origin, laws, and constitutions ; divided by local jealousies and opposite interests ; constantly engaged in their endeavours to establish a political equilibrium by the manoeuvres of a wary and even unprincipled diplomacy ; baffled oftentimes in their ambitious schemes, and brought into sudden collision, but still deriving new energies from their very rivalry, and promoting,...
Page 119 - Beneath him, and hath learned this book of man, Full of the notes of frailty, and compared The best of glory with her sufferings, By whom I see you...
Page 362 - Still to new scenes my wandering Muse retires, And the dumb show of breathing rocks admires; Where the smooth chisel all its force has shown, And softened into flesh the rugged stone. In solemn silence, a majestic band, Heroes and gods and Roman consuls stand, Stern tyrants, whom their cruelties renown, And emperors in Parian marble frown ; While the bright dames, to whom they humbly sued, Still show the charms that their proud hearts subdued.
Page 366 - Angela, and also to build a palace adjoining the church of S. Pietro in Vincoli, of which Julius had been titular cardinal Giuliano was much disappointed that Bramante was preferred to himself as architect for the new basilica of St Peter, and this led to his returning to Florence, where he was warmly received by the gonfaloniere Pier...

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