Sketches from Venetian History, Volum 2

J. & J. Harper, 1832
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Side 235 - Now art thou welcome. Cel. Sir! Volp. Nay, fly me not. Nor let thy false imagination That I was bed-rid, make thee think I am so: Thou shalt not find it. I am, now, as fresh, As hot, as high, and in as jovial plight, As when, in that so celebrated scene, At recitation of our comedy, For entertainment of the great Valois, I acted young Antinous; and attracted The eyes and ears of all the ladies present, To admire each graceful gesture, note, and footing.
Side 278 - ... but an hole to put out their heads by ; they drie them in the sunn, as one may see them at their windows. In their tire they set silk flowers and sparkling stones, their...
Side 107 - Naples, had now become accustomed to their virtual masters. There were contingencies, nevertheless, not likely to escape the sagacity of Venice, by which some other hand, after all her long intrigue, might perhaps gather its fruits. Catarina still...
Side 278 - The noblemen stalking with their ladies on choppines; these are high-heeled shoes, particularly affected by these proud dames, or, as some say, invented to keep them at home, it being very difficult to walk with them ; whence one being asked how he liked the Venetian dames, replied, they were mezzo carne, mezzo legno, half flesh, half wood ; and he would have none of them.
Side 278 - Thus attir'd they set their hands on the heads of two matron-like servants or old women, to support them, who are mumbling their beades.
Side 277 - I hardly remember to have seene the same piece twice expos'd ; to this add the perfumes, apothecaries shops, and the innumerable cages of nightingales which they keepe, that entertaine you with their melody from shop to shop, so that shutting your eyes you would imagine yourselfe in the country, when indeede you are in the middle of the Sea. It is almost as silent as the middle of a field, there being neither rattling of coaches nor trampling of horses. This streete, pav'd with brick and exceedingly...
Side 173 - ... him to believe that he lodged none other than a friend. His wound confined him for 5 weeks, nor was it closed when he remounted his horse and rejoined the army. Before his departure, the lady of the house, still considering herself and her family as prisoners, and her mansion and whole property as the lawful prize of her guest, yet perceiving his gentleness of demeanour, thought to prevail upon him to compound for a moderate ransom, and having placed 2500 ducats in a casket, she besought his...
Side 107 - Lusignano inherited the crown from his father ; that since be died a minor, his mother inherited from him ; and that finally Venice inherited from his mother, an adopted daughter of St. Mark. " Giorgio Cornaro, a brother of the queen, was solicited to conduct the ungrateful process of her deposition. To his representations, — that by abandoning the care of a turbulent kingdom, and returning to her native land, in which she might pass the remainder of her life tranquilly and securely, amongst those...
Side 134 - Adriatic, she was able to collect into her storehouses the productions of every country, " and, in her long range of maritime stations, from the Po to the eastern boundary of the Mediterranean, and the mouth of the Don, to gather and disperse 'the merchandise of the entire known world.
Side 277 - ... as it were with cloth of gold, rich damasks and other silks, which the shops expose and hang before their houses from the first floor...

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