Diary of an Idle Woman in Italy, Volume 2

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Chapman and Hall, 1871 - Italy
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Page 12 - And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Page 14 - When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse : was this ambition?
Page 38 - With her small tablets in her hand, and her satchel on her arm, Forth she went bounding to the school, nor dreamed of shame or harm.
Page 21 - While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand; 'When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; 'And when Rome falls — the World.
Page 67 - It was to me an hour of solemn communing and awful contemplation, met, as we seemed, on the threshold of the tomb to celebrate the cruel abandonment of the Divine One, surrounded by typical darkness and lamentations, prefiguring the agony of his soul, when the bitter cry was wrung from him, " My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me...
Page 104 - I could not but observe the striking similarity in these arrangements to those now existing in all the martyr churches of Rome. Antiquity at least and the example of the primitive Church are on the side of the Catholics. "The same slab," says Prudentius, "gives the sacrament and faithfully guards the martyr's remains; it preserves his bones in the sepulchre in hope of the Eternal Judge, and feeds the Tibricola with sacred meat. Great is the sanctity of the place, and near at hand is the altar for...
Page 316 - This church is constructed so as to enclose his original chapel and cell within its walls. The interior is perhaps too bare, from the excessive whiteness and simplicity of the massive pillars; but its size is commanding, and a noble dome rises in the centre. The present building is modern, the original church having been almost entirely destroyed in 1832 by an earthquake; which, however, respected the altar and cell of St.
Page 309 - There it stands in glorious solidity until the day of judgment. Nothing short of a universal convulsion can shake it. Over the arch are the letters "Augusta Perugia," looking at a distance like some cabalistic charm.
Page 39 - Lofty arches appear, bearing no marks of decay, but fresh and snowy as when first dug from the marble quarries; and deep porticoes cast long shadows over the modern buildings, which now shrink back, ashamed to obtrude on this honoured ground haunted by the memories of grand and heroic deeds, and consecrated in the world's historic page above any other spot on God's wide earth. It is an awful and a solemn thing to visit the valley of the Forum by night; the darkness of ages and the dimness of decay...
Page 138 - ... melancholy geese wandering about in search of water, which they never find ; and horses that come down from the woods for their evening feed ; and dogs that lie all day asleep in the sun. But, after all, it is not English ; for down comes quiet...

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