The Writings Of James Russell Lowell ; Literary Essays Volume 1

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byJames Russell Lowell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...of modern houses, muddy streets, dingy cajfes, cigar-smokers, and French soldiers, the manifest junior of Florence. And yet full of anachronisms, for in a little while you pass the column of Antoninus, find the Dogana in an ancient temple whose furrowed pillars show through the recent plaster, and feel as if you saw the statue of Minerva in a Paris bonnet. You are driven to a hotel where all the barbarian languages are spoken in one wild conglomerate by the Commissionnaire, have your dinner wholly in French, and wake the next morning dreaming of the Tenth Legion, to see a regiment of Chasseurs de Vincennes trotting by. For a few days one undergoes a tremendous recoil. Other places have a distinct meaning. Loudon is the visible throne of King Stock; Versailles is the apotheosis of one of Louis XIV.'s cast periwigs; Florence and Pisa are cities of the Middle Ages; but Rome seems to be a parody upon itself. The ticket that admits you to see the starting of the horses at carnival has S. P. Q. R. at the top of it, and you give the custode a paul for showing you the wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus. The Senatus seems to be a score or so of elderly gentlemen in scarlet, and the Populusque Romanus a swarm of nasty friars. But there is something more than mere earth in the spot where great deeds have been done. The surveyor cannot give the true dimensions of Marathon or Lexington, for they are not reducible to square acres. Dead glory and greatness leave ghosts behind them, and departed empire has a metempsychosis, if nothing else has. Its spirit haunts the grave, and waits, and waits till at last it finds a body to its mind, slips into it, and historians moralize on the fluctuation of human affairs. By and by, perhaps, enough observations will have...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...of modern houses, muddy streets, dingy cajfes, cigar-smokers, and French soldiers, the manifest junior of Florence. And...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217965938

ISBN - 13:9780217965934

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