Days Near Rome, Volume 1

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Dalby, Isbister & Company, 1875 - 363 pages

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Page 213 - The false refinements that would keep her out,' (C.) for here was just enough of his house left to show how Nature, creeping on step by step, had overwhelmed his handiwork and re-asserted her sway. Again, pure and Augustan in design as was the pavement before us, how little could it vie with the hues and odours of the grasses that bloomed around it ! — ' Deterius Lybicis,
Page 64 - It had been wild weather when I left Rome, and all across the Campagna the clouds were sweeping in sulphurous blue, with a clap of thunder or two, and breaking gleams of sun along the Claudian aqueduct, lighting up the mfinity of its arches like the bridge of Chaos.
Page 215 - Behind the knoll stood the farm. Its mosaic pavement, still shown, is black and white, in very simple geometrical figures, and, with the other remains, is quite in harmony with an abode where " Non ebur neque aureum Mea renidet in domo lacunar : Non trabes Hymettiae Premunt columnas ultimS recisas Africi.
Page 264 - Pope employed in endeavouring to stir up the people to his defence : the people coldly answered that they were under the command of their Captain. The Pope demanded the terms of the conspirators. " If the Pope would save his life, let him instantly restore the Colonna Cardinals to their dignity, and reinstate the whole house in their honours and possessions ; after this restoration the Pope must abdicate, and leave his body at the disposal of Sciarra.
Page 265 - ... by whom they had been over-awed, now gorged with plunder, and doubtless not unwilling to withdraw. The Pope was rescued, and led out into the street, where the old man addressed a few words to the people : ' Good men and women, ye see how mine enemies have come upon me, and plundered my goods, and those of the Church, and of the poor.
Page 129 - A glance back at the history of S. Nilus and the origin of the chapel will show how significant, how appropriate, and how harmonious is this scheme of decoration in all its parts. I know not if the credit of the selection belongs to Domenichino ; but, in point of vivacity of conception and brilliant execution, he never exceeded these frescoes in any of his subsequent works ; and every visitor to Rome should make this famous chapel a part of his pilgrimage.
Page 65 - I cannot call it colour, it was conflagration. Purple, and crimson, and scarlet, like the curtains of God's tabernacle, the rejoicing trees sank into the valley in showers of light, every separate leaf quivering with buoyant and burning life ; each, as it turned to reflect or to transmit the sunbeam, first a torch and then an emerald.
Page 65 - Far up into the recesses of the valley, the green vistas, arched like the hollows of mighty waves of some crystalline sea, with the arbutus flowers, dashed along their flanks for foam, and silver flakes of orange spray tossed into the air around them, breaking over the gray walls of rock into a thousand separate stars, fading and kindling alternately as the weak wind lifted and let them fall.
Page 139 - Erepto natale feret. Tune omne Latinum Fabula nomen erit ; Gabios Veiosque Coramque Pulvere vix tectae poterunt monstrare ruinae Albanosque lares Laurentinosque penates, Rus vacuum, quod non habitet nisi nocte coacta 395 Invitus questusque Numam iussisse senator.
Page 264 - ... Maria, protected the Pope's palace. Sciarra Colonna's lawless band set fire to the gates ; the church was crowded with clergy and laity and traders who had brought their precious wares into the sacred building. They were plundered with such rapacity that not a man escaped with a farthing. "The Marquis found himself compelled to surrender, on the condition that his own life, that of his family and of his servants, should be spared. At these sad tidings the Pope wept bitterly. The Pope was alone...

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