The Stones of Venice, Volume 3

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Smith, Elder, and Company, 1873 - Architecture

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Page 74 - And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillow, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
Page 341 - And unto man he said, Behold, The fear of the LORD, that is wisdom ; And to depart from evil is understanding.
Page 44 - ... usefulness. They have no connection ; and every effort that you make to reason from one to the other will blunt your sense of beauty, or confuse it with sensations altogether inferior to it. You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to other account than mere delight. Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless ; peacocks...
Page 1 - SINCE first the dominion of men was asserted over the ocean, three thrones, of mark beyond all others, have been set upon its sands : the thrones of Tyre, Venice, and England. Of the First of these great powers only the memory remains ; of the Second, the ruin ; the Third, which inherits their greatness, if it forget their example, may be led through prouder eminence to less pitied destruction.
Page 321 - And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter. 19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
Page 6 - I wish the reader to keep in mind — the most curious phenomenon in all Venetian history is the vitality of religion in private life, and its deadness in public policy. Amidst the enthusiasm, chivalry, or fanaticism of the other states of Europe, Venice stands, from first to last, like a masked statue ; her coldness impenetrable ; her exertion only aroused by the touch of a secret spring. That spring was her commercial interest, — this the one motive of all her important political acts, or enduring...
Page 381 - I suppose, a single and very admirable thought of Sir Joseph Paxton's, probably not a bit brighter than thousands of thoughts which pass through his active and intelligent brain every hour, — that it might be possible to build a greenhouse larger than ever greenhouse was built before. This thought, and some very ordinary algebra, are as much as all that glass can represent of human intellect. " But one poor halfpennyworth of bread to all this intolerable deal of sack.
Page 9 - Landing, have here perfonn'd their several parts, Then left the stage to others. Not a stone In the broad pavement, but to him who has An eye, an ear for the inanimate world, Tells of past ages. In that temple porch (The brass is gone, the porphyry remains,) Did Barbarossa fling his mantle off And kneeling, on his neck receive the foot Of the proud pontiff — thus at last consoled For flight, disguise, and many an anguish shake On his stone pillow.
Page 239 - Here shall thy waves be stayed," the glory of its aspect fades into blanched fearfulness; its purple walls are rent into grisly rocks, its silver fret-work saddened into wasting snow; the stormbrands of ages are on its breast, the ashes of its own ruin lie solemnly on its white raiment.
Page 39 - ... and all the great general laws of force and weight, and their working ; and in the choice of the curve and numbering of stones are expressed not only his knowledge of these, but such ingenuity and firmness as he had, in applying special means to overcome the special difficulties about his bridge. There is no saying how much wit, how much depth of thought, how much fancy, presence D 4 of mind, courage, and fixed resolution there may have gone to the placing of a single stone of it.

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