The Old World and the New: Or, A Journal of Reflections and Observations Made on a Tour in Europe, Volume 2

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Harper & Brothers, 1836

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Page 197 - ... what shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Page 76 - A school-boy on his bench, at early dawn Glowing with Roman story, I should live To tread the Appian...
Page 82 - A soldier stretched out his hand for " un dono," as we passed the guard ; and when my companion said I did wrong to give, I told him that I should have given my cloak, if the man had asked it.
Page 82 - Through a hundred rents in the broken walls, through a hundred lonely arches, and blackened passage-ways, it streamed in, pure, bright, soft, lambent, and yet distinct and clear, as if it came there at once to reveal, and cheer, and pity the mighty desolation. But if the Coliseum is a mournful and desolate spectacle as seen from within — without, and especially on the side which is in best preservation, it is glorious. We passed around...
Page 227 - What is to be done with these intervals ? This is the question, and it is a question to be soberly answered. It is to be met, I repeat, with answers, and not with surmises of danger. Men cannot sleep through these intervals. What are they to do ? Why, if they do not work, or sleep, they must have recreation. And if they have not recreation from healthful sources, they will be very likely to take it from the poisoned fountains of intemperance. Or, if they have pleasures, which, though innocent, are...
Page 81 - I WENT to see the Colise'um by moonlight. It is the monarch, the majesty of all ruins ; there is nothing like it. All the associations of the place, too, give it the most impressive character. When you* enter within this stupendous circle of ruinous walls and arches, and grand terraces of masonry, rising one above another, you stand upon the arena of the old gladiatorial combats and Christian martyrdoms ; and as you lift your eyes to the vast amphitheater, you meet, in imagination, the eyes of a...
Page 81 - But to return to the Coliseum — we went up, under the conduct of a guide, upon the walls, and terraces, or embankments, which supported the ranges of seats. The seats have long since disappeared...
Page 81 - ... and now, as we picked our way carefully through decayed passages, or cautiously ascended some mouldering flight of steps, or stood by the lonely walls — ourselves silent, and, for a wonder, the guide silent too — there was no sound here but of the bat, and none came from without, but the roll of a distant carriage, or the convent bell, from the summit of the neighboring Esquiline.
Page 139 - John, as he stands just behind Thomas, and looks upon his rash act, is one to remember always. It seems to me the very personification of forbearance. He submits calmly that Thomas should do it — should satisfy himself — but yet he is exceedingly sorrowful. There is no surprise in his countenance; he knows human frailty ; he is not astonished at unbelief or hardness of heart; but it seems, at the same time, as if his own heart were broken at the spectacle. There is not the slightest rebuke in...
Page 136 - We approach, and find that we can scarcely reach to touch them, and they are eighteen inches or two feet long. We advance along the mighty central nave, and we see, nearly at the termination of it and beneath the dome, the high altar, surmounted by a canopy, raised on four twisted pillars of bronze.

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