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(811) There is at this day in Syracuse a street called La Strada degli Amalfitani.
(313) By degrees, says Giannone, they made themselves famous through the world. The Tarini Amalfitani were a coin familiar to all nations; and their maritime code regulated everywhere the commerce of the sea. Many churches in the East were by them built and endowed; by them was founded in Palestine that most renowned military Order of St. John of Jerusalem; and who does not know that the mariner's compass was invented by a citizen of Amalfi ?
Glorious was their course,
And long the track of light they left behind them.
(314) The Abbey of Monte Cassino is the most ancient and venerable house of the Benedictine order. It is situated within fifteen leagues of Naples, on the inland road to Rome; and no house is more hospitable.
(315) This story-if a story it may be called-is fictitious; and I have done little more than give it as I received it.
(316) Michael Angelo.
(317) There are many miraculous pictures in Italy, but none, I believe, were ever before described as malignant in their influence. At Arezzo, in the Church of St. Angelo, there is indeed over the great altar a fresco-painting of the fall of the angels, which has a singular story belonging to it. It was painted in the fourteenth century by Spinello Aretino, who has there represented Lucifer as changed into a shape so monstrous and terrible that he is said in that very shape to have haunted the artist in his dreams, and to have hastened his death; crying, night after night, "Where hast thou seen me in a shape so monstrous?" In the upper part St. Michael is seen in combat with the dragon: the fatal transformation is in the lower part of the picture. - Vasari.
(318) Then degraded, and belonging to a Vetturino.
(319) A Florentine family of great antiquity. In the sixty-third novel of Franco Sacchetti we read that a stranger, suddenly entering Giotto's study, threw down a shield and departed, saying, "Paint me my arms in that shield ;" and that Giotto, looking after him, exclaimed, "Who is he? What is he? He says, Paint me my arms, as if he were one of the Bardi ! What arms does he bear?"
(320) A large boat for rowing and sailing, much used in the Mediterranean.
(321) Paganino Doria, Nicolo Pisani; those great seamen, who balanced for so many years the fortunes of Genoa and Venice.
(322) Every reader of Spanish poetry is acquainted with that affecting romance of Gongora,
"Amarrado al duro banco," &c.
Lord Holland has translated it in his excellent Life of Lope de Vega.
(323) There is a custom on the continent well worthy of notice. In Boulogne we read, as we ramble through it, "Ici est mort l'Auteur de Gil Blas ;" in Rouen, "Ici est né Pierre Corneille; " in Geneva, "Ici est né Jean-Jacques Rousseau ;" and in Dijon there is the Maison Bossuet; in Paris, the Quai Voltaire. Very rare are such memorials among us : and yet, wherever we meet with them, in whatever country they were, or of whatever
age, - we should surely say that they were evidences of refinement and sensibility in the people. The house of Pindar was spared
when temple and tower Went to the ground;
and its ruins were held sacred to the last. According to Pausanias, they were still to be Been in the second century.
(324) The Piazza Doria, or, as it is now called, the Piazza di San Matteo, insignificant as it may be thought, is to me the most interesting place in Genoa. It was there that Doria assembled the people, when he gave them their liberty (Sigonii Vita Dorie); and on one side of it is the church he lies buried in, on the other a house, originally of very small dimensions, with this inscription: S. C. Andreæ de Auria Patriæ Liberatori Munus Publicum.
The streets of old Genoa, like those of Venice, were constructed only for foot-passengers.
(325) When I saw it in 1822, a basket-maker lived on the ground-floor, and over him a seller of chocolate.
(326) Alluding to the palace which he built afterwards, and in which he twice entertained the Emperor Charles the Fifth. It is the most magnificent edifice on the Bay of Genoa.
(327) Fiesco. For an account of his conspiracy, see Robertson's History of Charles the Fifth.
(328) Such as the Gabelles formerly in France; "où le droit," says Montesquieu, excédoit de dix-sept fois la valeur de la marchandise." Salt is an article of which none know the value who have not known the want of it.
(329) Who he is I have yet to learn. The story was told to me many years ago by a great reader of the old annalists; but I have searched everywhere for it in vain.
(330) Written at Susa, May 1, 1822.
(331) The Po. "Chaque maison est pourvue de bateaux, et lorsque l'inondation s'annonce," &c. -Lettres de Chateauvieux.
(332) It was somewhere in the Maremma, a region so fatal to so many, that the unhappy Pia, a Siennese lady of the family of Tolommei, fell a sacrifice to the jealousy of her husband. Thither he conveyed her in the sultry time,
"tra'l Luglio e'l Settembre; "
having resolved in his heart that she should perish there, even though he perished there with her. Not a word escaped from him on the way, not a syllable in answer to her remonstrances or her tears; and in sullen silence he watched patiently by her till she
"Siena mi fe; disfecemi Maremma.
Salsi colui, che'nnanellata pria,
Disposando, m'avea con la sua gemma."
The Maremma is continually in the mind of Dante; now as swarming with serpents and now as employed in its great work of destruction.
(833) The temples of Pæstum.
(334) Who has travelled and cannot say with Catullus,
"O quid solutis est beatius curis ?
Quum mens onus reponit, ac peregrino
Labore fessi venimus arem ad nostrum.
(385) After this line, in the MS.
What though his ancestors, early or late,
For wisdom, virtue, those who could renounce
CROSBY, NICHOLS, LEE, & CO.,
POETICAL WORKS OF THOMAS CAMPBELL;
AN ORIGINAL BIOGRAPHY, AND NOTES.
EDITED BY EPES SARGENT.
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A new edition of the COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF THOMAS CAMPBELL, which pos sesses advantages over any hitherto published, both on account of its superior typographical appearance, and because it contains fifty more poems than any other edition extant, some of them unsurpassed by the poet's best pieces. All these are perfectly well authen ticated, the sources from which they are taken being given in the notes.
A memoir of one hundred pages is prefixed, compiled from the ample materials furnished by Dr. Beattie, in his Life and Letters of Campbell, and by Mr. Cyrus Redding, in a Series of Reminiscences published in the New Monthly Magazine. The work has been edited by Mr. Epes Sargent, with great care and fidelity. - Norton's (N. Y.) Literary Gazette.
This is the finest library edition of Campbell that we have seen, being of goodly size, and of admirable type, paper and binding. The Memoir is the best brief sketch of the poet's life extant, and the notes sufficient and judicious.—Puritan Recorder.
Campbell is undoubtedly the finest of English lyric poets. The present edition contains a very full memoir. Fifty new poems, which have never before appeared in a permanent shape, are added; these are generally short, but many of them strikingly exhibit the poet's rare power of simple, concise, and yet magnificent expression. The volume is enriched with a portrait of Campbell when a young man, and also a pen-and-ink sketch, representing him in the ease and undress of his study.-New York Courier and Enquirer.
The merits of the present volume are marked; for it possesses several advantages over any previous edition that we have seen. Clark's Knickerbocker.
An excellent edition, prepared by Epes Sargent, who has also prefixed an agreeable Memoir. It is most skilfully and entertainingly put together. - Putnam's Magazine.
This edition is first to be commended for its typographical beauty. The large, fine-cut letter sets off even Campbell to greater advantage, and in any garb he is the great lyrical poet of his age. And this is the edition of his work; indeed, the only edition of Campbell that can pretend to give anything like his complete poetical works. But we are not only indebted to Mr. Sargent for bringing together from isolated collections these well-authenti. cated productions of this eminent poet; we have also to thank him for the very full and entertaining Memoir prefixed to the work.
No library can be deemed a library without a copy of Campbell, and of the best edition. He is the first poet who ought to be placed in the hands of the young, for his English
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This is a fair book, as it should be, since it contains the finished productions of one of the purest and truest of English poets, who wrote nothing carelessly, and not a "line against religion or virtue." It has been carefully prepared by one well fitted, by taste and study, for his pleasant task. An original, gracefully-written, and full memoir, the materials of which were gathered from various sources, greatly increases its value. The publishers have done good service to literature in sending forth this completest collection of a bard whose "Gertrude of Wyoming" should give him a home in every American library and heart. We are glad to have such a volume bear Boston upon its title-page. — Chris tian Register.
By far the best edition which has been published. - Dedham Gazette.
This is a truly beautiful edition of Campbell, by far the most elegant and complete that has yet appeared in America. -Yankee Blade.
The only complete edition ever published. Every family, and, above all, every young person forming a literary taste, or cultivating a poetical talent, should own a copy of Campbell's complete works. - True Flag.
The chief feature in this beautiful edition of Campbell's Poems is the very full and excellent life of the poet, by Mr. Sargent. It is written in a clear and graceful style,— Christian Examiner.
Mr. Sargent appears to have spared no pains to render this acceptable volume worthy of the great poet, and creditable to his own reputation. — Baltimore American.
Phillips, Sampson & Co. have issued the most complete edition of the poems of Camp. bell that we have yet seen. It is well bound, and beautifully printed with large type.Sciota Gazette.
What a delicious book is this new edition of Campbell, with its ample memoir, its full length portraits of the poet, and the familiar poems, as finished, and as precious, and as everlasting as pearls! Mr. Sargent has executed his pious task with such filial care and completeness as to have linked his name imperishably with that of the poet. - New York Home Journal.
The present is indeed the only edition of Campbell that can pretend to give anything like his complete poetical works. We have also to thank Mr. Sargent for the very full and entertaining memoir prefixed to the work. — Philadelphia Ledger.
A most beautiful and acceptable edition of the great modern lyric poet of England, prefaced by a full and well-written biography from the pen of an American scholar. —Southern (Richmond) Literary Messenger.
A most attractive volume. It presents a more complete collection of Campbell's poeti cal writings than any edition before published. - Troy (N. Y.) Budget.
The most complete edition of the works of this beautiful poet. It contains about fifty additional poems. The full, well-written and highly entertaining biography adds much to the attractiveness of the volume. - Presbyterian.
A handsome and convenient volume of 460 pages, printed in the best style of the Boston press.- New York Independent.
The edition is one which, altogether, reflects great credit upon the American editor and publishers. Banner of the Cross.
The most complete edition of Campbell's poetical works, and the most desirable by far. Norfolk (Va.) Democrat.