Miscellaneous Observations and Opinions on the Continent

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J. M'Creery, and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825 - Europe - 214 pages
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Page 82 - After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, and all nature was silent.
Page 47 - Milan, we read the inscription to which so much importance has been attached by all his historians. The original is in Latin. " Laura, illustrious for her own virtues, and long celebrated by my verses, first appeared to my eyes at the time of my early youth, in the year of our Lord 1327, in the morning of the 6th day of April, in the church of Santa Chiara at Avignon. And in the same city, the same month, the same sixth day of April, the same first hour of dawn, but in the year 1348, from this light...
Page 189 - To soften the obdurate, to convince the mistaken, to mollify the resentful, are worthy of a statesman ; but it affords a legislator little self-applause to consider, that where there was formerly an insurrection, there is now a wilderness.
Page 141 - Christian era, the port of Augustus was converted into pleasant orchards ; and a lonely grove of pines covered the ground where the Roman fleet once rode at anchor.
Page 81 - Instead of a small house between a street and a stable-yard, I began to occupy a spacious and convenient mansion, connected on the north side with the city, and open on the south to a beautiful and boundless horizon.
Page 47 - ... city, on the same month of April, on the same 6th day, at the same early hour, in the year 1348, her light was taken away from the light of the world, when I, alas! was at Verona, unconscious of my calamity. The mournful account reached me at Parma, by letters from my Ludovico,* in the same year, on the morning of the 19th of May. Her most chaste and allbeauteous body was interred in the burying-ground of the Franciscans, on the evening of the day on which she died. Her soul, I verily believe,...
Page 196 - ... simple reason has had no weight with posterity is more than I can explain.* The Campo Santo is a large burying-ground, in form, a rectangle, about 406, by 116 feet, enclosed within an arcade. It has its name from the holy earth, which the Pisans brought from Palestine in the year 1192, but the * " One of the literati of Pisa took pains to convince me, that the German architect contrived this declination.
Page 195 - Upon the whole, it is a very elegant structure ; and the general effect is so pleasing, that, — like Alexander's wry neck — it might well bring leaning into fashion amongst all the towers in Christendom.
Page 48 - ... came. To preserve the grievous memory of this loss, I write this with a sort of pleasure mixed with bitterness ; and I write by choice upon this book, which often comes before my eyes, that hereafter there may be nothing for me to delight in in this life, and that, my strongest chain being broken, I may be reminded by the frequent sight of these words, and by the just appreciation of a fugitive life, that it is time to go forth from Babylon ; which, by the help of God's grace, will become easy...

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