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Night thoughts, query on
Obituary, with anecdotes of remarkable
Oliver Goldsmith died
Origin of writing
Origin of Handel's harmonious blacksmith 132
Origin of signs of inns
Potatoes, experiment upon
Profits of Walter Scott's novels
Paul the Asiatic bunter
Pananti's captivity in Algiers
Picture of Greenland
Platoff, general count
Poisoning by opium
Poetry, in what consists its essence
171, 213, 289
190 Saint Margaret
John the baptist
Philip, and St. James the less
487 Sagacity of a greyhound and pointer
128, 165, 369 Shower of red rain
255 Singular advice
485 Staffordshire potteries
8 Stael's,mad.de,work on French revolution
235 Stael, inadame de, portrait of
393 Stackhouse, the Esquimaux indian
221 Superstition of Gustavus III.
397 Swedish apparition
69 Sweden, letters on
183 Sympathetic ink, how made
31 Walpole's memoirs of Turkey
194 Washington, anecdotes of
69 Tales, on
482 Taylor, Isabel, her death
Tea, observations on the effect of
296 Time's Telescope, for April 29, May 97,
488 Tomb of Juliet at Verona
120 Tour in England, by the archdukes 210, 272,
38, 171, 289
196 Wedgewood's potteries. &c.
Verona, September 10, 1817. posed to THE HE number of foreigners who visited this city last year was very great, in consequence of which the taverns are
be dead, is shown to the curious. Since the Duchess of Parma paid a visit to Juliet's tomb fast year, the goldsmiths bere have hit on the happy idea of setting small
now more numerous and better regulated. fragments in gold rings, which find many
In the Cathedral and in the Church of St. Giorgio, the masterpieces of Titian fish, in honour of Shakspeare. purchasers, particularly among the Engand Paul Veronese, which have been brought back from Paris, are again seen readers, a sketch of the sarcophagus, I inclose, for the gratification of your in their old places. It is now the fash- which, from time immemorial, has been ion here for travellers to visit the monu- shown at the tomb of Juliet. Any thing ments and the ruined church, in which connected with the genius of Shakspeare, tradition lays the scene and the catas- will, I am persuaded, be acceptable to trophe of the variously-told story of Ro- the majority of your readers. 1 believe meo and Juliet. Near the Giucodi, it is pretty well ascertained, that the imPallone, before the Porta de' Borsari, in mortal poet took the hint for bis tragedy a garden, a stone sarcophagus, said to from the work of Girolamo della Corte, have contained Juliet when she was sup- a Veronese gentleman, who published a
B ATHENEUM. Vol. 3.
Tomb of Romeo and Juliet at Verona.
history of his native city, A. D. 1594, meo was asked to dance by a young woand consequently in the time of Shak- man, who presently left him, after danspeare. I shall translate, as faithfully as cing + with him for a short time. He then I am able, wh; stated therein, relative asked Juliet to dance, (for so was called to the loves of Romeo and Juliet; for I the young lady of whom he was enawas fortunate enough to procure the work moured): she was engaged to another of Della Corte. He says*. partner, but as soon as she felt the hand "In the year 1303, Signor Bar- of her lover, she said, blessed be your tolomeo was mayor of the city, under arrival!" And he, pressing her hand, rewhom occurred in Verona the catastrophe plied, what blessing is this which you of two unfortunate lovers, which had its bestow on me, fair lady?' She, smiling, origin in the long and bloody enmities answered, 'wonder not, gentleman, that that subsisted between two opuleut and I bless your arrival, for I have been alnoble families, the Montecchi and Capel- most frozen by M. Marcurio, and you letti, many of whom were slain on one are come to warm me with your courteand other side; and notwithstanding that ous manners.' (The youth, whom she Signor Alberto had given himself much had been dancing with, was so called, trouble to bring about a reconciliation, and much beloved by all; but he had he never could effect it, so inveterate was hands as cold as ice.) Romeo replied, their mutual animosity. Signor Barto- such as I am, fair lady, I am devoted to lomeo nevertheless had so far quelled it, you;' and with these words the dance as to put an end to the duels and quar- ended. Juliet could only sigh in return, rels, which took place in the streets; the and reply, you are my better half!' Royoung men gave way, and saluted the old meo, as he left the assembly, found from of either party, whom they might chance one of his friends, that this young lady to meet, who also returned the salutation, was the daughter of M. Antonio CaIt being the carnival, and the balls and pelletto; while she discovered from her masquerades having begun, M. Antonio nurse, that he was Romeo Montecchio; Capelletto, being at the head of his fac- which, when she heard, she was very sad, tion, gave a splendid entertainment, at despairing to win him, on account of the which were present many ladies and gen- jealousies which subsisted between the tlemen; among them was one Romeo two families. A few days afterwards it Montecchio, the handsomest and best happened that Romeo, going along a cermannered gentleman then in Verona; he tain street, where he often walked for the was between twenty and twenty-one sake of seeing Juliet, whose windows coryears of age, and came there with some responded with those of her lover, that other young men in masks. After re- she recognized him, by a sneeze, or some maining some time with his mask on his other signal which he made, and as it face, he took it off, and seated himself in was moonlight, she was as easily seen by a corner, whence he saw the entertain- him. They interchanged vows of mutual ment, and could be easily seen himself by affection; and they finally determined to all present. All the company wondered marry, happen what might. To bring the why he should thus set himself apart from consummation of their wishes about, they the amusements; since, however, he was had recourse to Father Lonardo of Rega well-bred young gentleman, his ene- gio, belonging to the order of the Minors mies did not put him in mind how he of St. Francis, who, it was agreed, should ought to behave; which they probably advise Romeo respecting the match. would have done had he been older. This friar was a master in Theology, a Stationed as he was there, the most beau- great Philosopher, Cheinist, and Astroltiful young woman beyond compare pre- oger. He was confessor of Juliet, as sent caught his eyes, and he having well as of her mother, and often on that caught her's at the same time, they both account visited their house; he also was felt a mutual and violent attachment. confessor to the Montecchi, and to many During the festival, they did nothing but of the inhabitants of Verona. Romeo eye each other tenderly: the banquet fi- having arranged the whole business with nished; and the ball having begun, Ro. the father, the latter agreed to consumAlcune giravolte, quere waltzed?
Steria di Verona, lib. 10. p. 589.