A Classical Tour Through Italy, An. MDCCCII, Volume 1

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J. Mawman, 1817 - Italy
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Page vi - Travel in the younger sort is a part of education ; in the elder a part of experience. He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.
Page 255 - Ev'n the rough rocks with tender myrtle bloom, And trodden weeds send out a rich perfume. Bear me, some god, to Baia's gentle seats, Or cover me in Umbria's green retreats ; Where western gales eternally reside, And all the seasons lavish all their pride : Blossoms, and fruits, and flowers together rise, And the whole year in gay confusion lies.
Page xvii - Yet come it will, the day decreed by fates! (How my heart trembles while my tongue relates!) The day when thou, imperial Troy! must bend, And see thy warriors fall, thy glories end.
Page 57 - Tal , ch' ogni vista ne sarebbe schiva. Qual quella ruina, che nel fianco Di qua da Trento l' Adice percosse, O per tremuoto o per sostegno manco; Che da cima del monte, onde si mosse, Al piano s la roccia discoscesa, Ch'alcuna via darebbe a chi su fosse, Cotai di quel burraio era la scesa. E in su la punta della rotta lacca L...
Page viii - The medal, faithful to its charge of fame, Through climes and ages bears each form and name: In one short view subjected to our eye, Gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties, lie. With sharpen'd sight pale antiquaries pore, Th' inscription value, but the rust adore.
Page 323 - It is difficult to say where this system of depredation, so sacrilegious in the opinion of the antiquary, would have stopped, had not Benedict XIV., a pontiff of great judgment, erected a cross in the centre of the arena, and declared the place sacred, out of respect to the blood of the many martyrs who were butchered there during the persecutions. This declaration, if issued two or three centuries ago, would have preserved the Coliseum entire ; it can now only protect its remains, and transmit them...
Page 332 - ... grand circular vestibule, with four halls on each side, for cold, tepid, warm, and steam baths : in the centre was an immense square for exercise, when the weather was unfavourable to it in the open air ; beyond it a great hall, where 1600 marble seats were placed for the convenience of the bathers ; at each end of this hall were libraries.
Page 38 - Sed mihi vel tellus optem prius ima dehiscat, Vel Pater omnipotens adigat me fulmine ad umbras, 25 Pallentes umbras Erebi noctemque profundam, Ante, Pudor, quam te violo, aut tua jura resolvo. Ille meos, primus qui me sibi junxit, amores Abstulit ; ille habeat secum servetque sepulchro.
Page 89 - The portico is a noble gallery leading from the town to the church, and intended to shade and shelter the persons who visit the sanctuary in which it terminates ; and as its length is more than a mile, its materials stone, and its form not inelegant, it strikes the spectator as a very magnificent instance of public taste. The church is seen to most advantage at a distance ; as, on a nearer approach, it appears overloaded with ornaments. It is of fine stone, of the Corinthian order, in the form of...
Page 57 - ... Amid these wilds the traveller cannot fail to notice a vast tract called the Slavini di Marco, covered with fragments of rock torn from the sides of the neighboring mountains by an earthquake, or perhaps by their own unsupported weight, and hurled down into the plains below. They spread over the whole valley, and in some places contract the road to a very narrow space. A few firs and cypresses scattered in the intervals, or sometimes rising out of the crevices of the rocks, cast a partial and...

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