Diary Of An Idle Woman In Italy (volume 2)

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byFrances Elliot

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1871. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... m. The Holy Week--The "Miserere"--The Lavandaia--The Cena--The Sepulchre--Castel Fusano--Ostia--Modern Readings of Virgil. J^VEE, since Christmas, and even before, I had heard about " the ceremonies of the Holy Week," until I was weary of the words. The crowd, the difficulty of obtaining tickets, the hours to be passed in waiting, the music of the " Miserere," all were so minutely discussed, so dinned into my ears by old and experienced Anglo-Romans, that at last I mentally resolved not to go at all, but to read instead some catalogue raisonni of the whole affair, and swear I was "charmed, delighted, rapt, inspired." I have a general dislike to all grand religious ceremonies, where "the world, the flesh, and the devil" assert their unwelcome presence amid pillared aisles, hallowed sanctuaries, consecrated altars, and venerable tombs. On such occasions the imposing ceremonial too often sinks into a mere dramatic representation; the music degenerates into sounds harsh and wearisome, "like sweet bells jangled out of tune;" and all those religious sympathies which ought to be excited--love, gratitude, and adoration--are utterly silenced or rudely offended. Of all crowds in the world, an English crowd is the most uncompromising and unsympathetic; indeed, the English, during the Holy Week at Rome, have become quite historical from their remarkably bad behaviour. When, however, the Holy Week really came, and all was bustle and excitement and tip-top curiosity, and the old walls rang to the wheels of countless carriages bearing freights of black-robed, black-veiled women, I thought I should be a fool not to join the throng, and, being at Rome, not "to do as Rome did;" so I sent for tickets, donned my sable suit, and set forth with the multitude to St. Peter's. The cerem...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1871. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... m. The Holy Week--The "Miserere"--The Lavandaia--The Cena--The Sepulchre--Castel Fusano--Ostia--Modern Readings of Virgil. J^VEE, sin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217928269

ISBN - 13:9780217928267

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