Historical Illustrations of the Fourth Canto of Childe Harold: Containing Dissertations on the Ruins of Rome; and an Essay on Italian Literature
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316 ページ - But thou, of temples old, or altars new, Standest alone — with nothing like to thee — Worthiest of God, the holy and the true. Since Zion's desolation, when that He Forsook His former city, what could be, Of earthly structures, in His honour piled, Of a sublimer aspect? Majesty, Power, Glory, Strength, and Beauty, all are aisled In this eternal ark of worship undefiled.
327 ページ - Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires, And unawares Morality expires. Nor public flame, nor private dares to shine; Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine Lo, thy dread empire, Chaos ! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word : Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall, And universal darkness buries all.
375 ページ - The ruins of dungeons and towers neglected by the heirs of those who raised them, enabled the poet to employ his fancy in restoring them to their ancient splendour, and he thus threw in those sombre shades and colourings which the Germans afterwards appropriated to themselves, and were believed to have formed a new and national school of poetic fiction. With this mixture of romance Parini also recurred to the characters and allegories of the old mythology, the favourite resource of the Italians,...
327 ページ - Night primaeval and of Chaos old! Before her, Fancy's gilded clouds decay, And all its varying rainbows die away. Wit shoots in vain its momentary fires, The meteor drops, and in a flash expires. As one by one, at dread Medea's strain, The sick'ning stars fade off th' ethereal plain ; As Argus
16 ページ - Rome, and enjoy the indulgence of the jubilee; "and this error," says the Abate, " increasing the suspicion already entertained, that he was in search of another service, was the origin of his misfortunes. On his return to Ferrara, the Duke refused to admit him to an audience, and he was repulsed from the houses of all the dependants of the court ; and not one of the promises which the Cardinal Albano had obtained for him were carried into effect.
206 ページ - In fragments, choked up vaults, and frescos steep'd In subterranean damps, where the owl peep'd, Deeming it midnight:— Temples, baths, or halls? Pronounce who can; for all that Learning reap'd From her research hath been, that these are walls— Behold the Imperial Mount! 'tis thus the mighty falls.
421 ページ - Italy has produced, and, perhaps, ought not to be : but the assiduity of his studies j the consummate skill with which he has known where to employ, and how to develope his superior abilities ; the sleepless care with which he has watched over the rise, and preserved the integrity of his fame ; the decorum both of his life and writings ; have secured for him the undisputed possession of the first place in the intermediate class, between the great masters of the art, and those who write to captivate...
27 ページ - who indulge in the dreams of earthly retribution will observe that the cruelty of Alfonso was not left without its recompense, even in his own person. He survived the affection of his subjects and of his dependants, who deserted him at his death, and suffered his body to be interred without princely or decent honours. His last wishes were neglected ; his testament cancelled. His kinsman, Don Caesar, shrank from the excommunication of the Vatican, and, after a short struggle, or rather suspense,...
433 ページ - Monti was a married man — he was a poet, and he was not besides in the good graces of his Holiness. He one day presented Pius with a magnificent edition of his poetry, and the Pontiff condescended to accept it: but added, at the same time, after quoting some verses of Metastasio, " No one, now a days, writes like that great poet ". Monti was now the poet of the popular assemblies, of the armies, of the democratic dinners, which rose together at the institution of the new Republic; and his patriotic...
320 ページ - The ceremony takes place at the time of vespers. It is preceded by a short exhortation, during which a bell rings, and whips, that is, strings of knotted whip-cord, are distributed quietly amongst such of the audience as are on their knees in the middle of the nave. Those resting on the benches come to edify by example only. On a second bell, the candles are extinguished, and the former...