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I doat along, that multitude of palaces and churches,“ in the records of the Republic; and his house has, which are congregated and pressed as on a vast raft.” from that time to this, been called La Corte del Mil_** And who," says anothor, “ can forget his walk lioni,” the house of the rich man, the millionnaire. through the Merceria, where the nightingales give It is on the canal of S. Giovanni Chrisostomo ; and, you their melody from shop to shop, so that, shutting as long as he lived, was much resorted to by the your eyes, you would think yourself in some forest- curious and the learned. glade, when indeed you are all the while in the middle of the sea? Who can forget his prospect from the

Note 40, page 49, col. 2.

Down which the grizzly head of old Faliero great tower, which once, when gilt, and when the

Roll'd from the block. sud struck upon it, was to be descried by ships afar off; or his visit to St. Mark's church, where you see

Of him and his conspiracy I had given a brief acnothing, tread on nothing, but what is precious; the count; but he is now universally known through a Hoor all agato, jasper; the roof mosaic; the aisle hung the admiration of other countries as of his own.

Writer, whose poetical talents command as much with the banners of the subject cities; the front and its five domes affecting you as the work of some

Note 41, page 49, col. 2. unknown people? Yet all this will presently pass

A short inscription on the Doge's chair away ; the waters will close over it; and they, that

Led to another on the wall yet shorter. come, row about in vain to determine exactly where

Marino Faliero dalla bella moglie: altri la gode ed it stood."

egli la mantiene.

Locus Marini Faletri, decapitati pro criminibus.
Note 32, page 47, col. 2.
Ere yet the Cafila came.-

Note 42, page 49, col. 2.
A Caravan.

Carmagnola.

“Il Conte, entrando in prigione, disse : Vedo bene Note 33, page 48, col. 2.

chi'o son morto, e trasse un gran sospiro."-SANUTO. Playing at Mora. A national game of great antiquity, and most prob

Note 43, page 49, col. 2. ably the “micare digitis” of the Romans.

And bore a way to the canal Orfano.

A deep channel behind the island of S. Giorgo Note 34, page 48. col. 2.

Maggiore. twelve Procurators, The procuratorship of St. Mark was the second

Note 44, page 50, col. 1.

“Who were the Six we supp'd with yesternight?" dignity in the Republic.

An allusion to the Supper in Candide.-C. xxvi.
Note 35, page 49, col. 1.
The brass is gone, the porphyry remains.

Note 45, page 50, col. 1.
They were placed in the floor as memorials. The

" Who answer'd me just now?" burass was engraven with the words addressed by the

See Schiller's Ghost-seer.-C. i.
Pope to the Emperor, “Super aspidem," etc.

Note 46, page 50, col. 1.
Note 36, page 49, col. 1.

" But who stands there, alone among them all ?"
Of the proud Pontiff-

See the history of Bragadino, the Alchymist, as Alexander III. He fled in disguise to Venice, and related by Daru.-Hist. de Venise, c. 28. is said to have passed the first night on the steps of A person yet more extraordinary is said to have Sun Salvatore. The entrance is from the Merceria, appeared there in 1687. orar the foot of the Rialto; and it is thus recorded, Those, who have experienced the advantages under his escutcheon, in a small tablet at the door: which all strangers enjoy in that City, will not be Alexandro III. Pont. Max. pernoctanti.

surprised that one who went by the name of Signor

Gualdi was admitted into the best company, though Note 37, page 49, col. 1.

none knew who or what he was. He remained there -resounding with their feet.

some months; and three things were remarked conSee Petrarch's description of them, and of the tour- cerning him—that he had a small but inestimable nament-Rer. Senil. 1. 4, ep. 2.

collection of pictures, which he readily showed to any

body—that he spoke on every subject with such a Note 38, page 49, col. 1.

mastery as astonished all who heard him—and that -Home from merry England.

he never wrote or received any letter, never re" Recenti victoriâ cxultantes," says Petrarch, al- quired any credit or used any bills of exchange, but luding, no doubt, to the favorable issue of the war paid for everything in ready money, and lived reu France. This festival began on the 4th of August, spectably, though not splendidly. 1364

“This gentleman being one day at the coffee-house, Noto 39, page 49, col. 1.

a Venetian nobleman, who was an excellent judge And lo, the madness of the Carnival.

of pictures, and who had heard of Signor Gualdi's Among those the most followed, there was always collection, expressed a desire to see them; and his a mask in a magnificent habit, relating marvellous request was instantly granted. After contemplating adventures and calling himself Messer Marco Mil. and admiring them for some time, he happened to La Millioni was the name given by his fellow- cast his eyes over the chamber-door, where hung a citizens in his life-time to the great traveller, Marco portrait of the Stranger. The Venetian looked upon Polo. "I have seen him so described," says Ramusio, lit, and then upon him. “This is your portrait, Sir,'

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said he to Signor Gualdi. The other made no answer hour !" said I to the gondolier. “I cannot guess, Sir; but by a low bow. Yet you look,' he continued, but, if I am not mistaken, it is the lover's hour."

like a man of fifty; and I know this picture to be "Let us go home," I replied ; and he turned the prow of the hand of Titian, who has been dead one hun- homeward, singing, as he rowed, the twentysixth dred and thirty years. How is this possible ?' *It is strophe of the sixteenth canto of the Jerusalem Denot easy,' said Signor Gualdi gravely, 'to know all livered. things that are possible; but there is certainly no

Note 52, page 51, col. 1. crime in my being like a picture of Titian's. The Venetian perceived that he had given offence, and

The young Bianca found her father's dons. took his leave.

Bianca Capello. It had been shut by a baker's bor, “ In the evening he could not forbear mentioning as he passed by, at day-break; and in her despair she what had passed to some of his friends, who resolved Aed with her lover to Florence, where he fell by as to satisfy themselves the next day by seeing the pic. sassination. Her beauty, and her love-adventure as ture. For this purpose they went to the coffee-house here related, her marriage afterwards with the Grand about the time that Signor Gualdi was accustomed Duke, and that fatal banquet at which they were both to come there; and, not meeting with him, inquired poisoned by the Cardinal, his brother, have rendered at his lodgings, where they learned that he had set her history a romance. The Capello Palace is on out an hour before for Vienna. This affair made a the Canalé di Canonico; and the postern-door, la great stir at the time."

porla di strada, is still on its hinges. It opens into

one of those narrow alleys so numerous at Venice. Note 47, page 50, col. 1. All eye, all ear, nowhere and everywhere.

Note 53, page 51, col. 1. A Frenchman of high rank, who had been robbed

It was St. Mary's Eve.at Venice, and had complained in conversation of the

This circumstance took place at Venice on the first negligence of the Police, was on his way back to of February, the eve of the feast of the Purification the Terra Firma, when his gondola stopped suddenly of the Virgin, A. D. 944, Pietro Candiano, Doge. in the midst of the waves. He inquired the reason; and his gondoliers pointed to a boat with a red flag,

Note 54, page 51, col. 1. that had just made thern a signal. It arrived ; and

Such splendor, or such beauty. he was called on board. You are the Prince de

E'l costume era, che tutte le novizzie con tutta la Craon? Were you not robbed on Friday evening

dote loro venissero alla detta Chiesa, dov'era il vesI was-Of what ?–0f five hundred ducats.-And

covo con tutta la chieresia."-SANUTO. where were they ?-In a green purse.-Do you suspect any body ?—I do, a servant.-Would you know

Note 55, page 51, col. 1. him again ?-Certainly." The Interrogator with his

Her veil, transparent as the gossamer. foot turned aside an old cloak that lay there; and the

Among the Habiti Antichi, in that admirable book Prince beheld his purse in the hand of a dead man. of wood-cuts ascribed to Titian (A. D. 1590), there “ Take it; and remember that none set their feet is one entitled Sposa Venetiana a Castello. It was again in a country where they have presumed to taken from an old painting in the Scuola di S. Gio doubt the wisdom of the government."

vanni Evangelista, and by the Writer is believed to Note 48, page 50, col. 2.

represent one of the Brides here described.
-his lay of love.

Note 56, page 51, col. 2.
La Biondina in Gondoletta.

That venerable pile on the sea-brink.

San Pietro di Castello, the Patriarchal church of
Note 49, page 50, col. 2.

Venice.
Those Porches.
In the Piazzetta. “C'était sous les portiques de

Note 57, page 51, col. 2.
Saint-Marc que les patriciens se réunissaient tous les Well are they known, the galliot and the galley.
jours. Le nom de cette promenade indiquait sa des-

“Una galera e una galeotta."-SANUTO. tination; on l'appellait il Broglio.”—Daru.

Note 58, page 52, col. 1.
Note 50, page 50, col. 2.

Laid at his feet.-
Then in close converse.

They were to be seen in the treasury of St. Mark I am indebted for this thought to some unpublished very lately. travels by the author of Vaihek.

Note 59, page 52. col. 1.
Note 51, page 50, col. 2.

And through the city in a stately barge.
-and he sung,

"Le quali con trionfosi conducessero sopra una piatta As in the time when Venice was herself.

pe 'canali di Venezia con suoni e canti."-SANUTO. Goldoni, describing his excursion with the Passalacqua, has left us a lively picture of this class of

Note 60, page 52, col. 1.

the Rialto. We were no sooner in the middle of that great An English abbreviation. Rialto is the name of lagoon which encircles the City, than our discreet the island from which the bridge is called; and the gondolier drew the curtain behind us, and let us float Venetians say il ponte di Rialto, as wo say Westat the will of the waves.—At length night came on, minster-bridge. and we could not tell where we were. "What is the In that island is the Exchange ; and I have often

men.

walked there as on classic ground. In the days of

Note 69, page 54, col. 2. Antonio and Passanio it was second to none. “I sotto

Neglect to visit Arqua. portichi," says Sansovino, writing in 1580, “sono This village, says Boccaccio, hitherto almost unogni giorno frequentati da i mercatanti Fiorentini, known even at Padua, is soon to become famous Genovesi, Milanesi, Spagnuoli, Turchi, e d'altre na- through the World; and the sailor on the Adriatic tioni diverse del mondo, i quali vi concorrono in ianta will prostrate himself, when he discovers the Eucopia, che questa piazza è annoverata fra le prime dell' ganean hills. “Among them,” will he say, “ sleeps universo." It was there that the Christian held dis- the Poet who is our glory. Ah, unhappy Florence! course with the Jew; and Shylock refers to it, when You neglected him—You deserved him not.” he says, Signor Antonio, many a time and oft,

Note 70, page 54, col. 2. lo the Rialto you have rated me

Half-way up

He built his house. * Andiamo a Rialto"_"L'ora di Rialto"-were on every tongue; and continue so to the present day,

“I have built, among the Euganean hills, a small as we may conclude from the comedies of Goldoni, house decent and proper ; in which I hope to pass the and particularly from his Mercanti.

rest of my days, thinking always of my dead or absent There is a place adjoining, called Rialto Nuovo; friends." and so called, according to Sansovino, “perche fu

When the Venetians overran the country, Petrarch fabbricato dopo il vecchio."

prepared for flight. “ Write your name over your

door," said one of his friends, “and you will be safe.” Note 61, page 52, col. 1.

“ I am not so sure of that," replied Petrarch, and fled Twenty are sitting as in judgment there.

with his books to Padua. The Council of Ten and the Giunta, nel quale,"

His books he left to the Republic of Venice ; but says Sanuto, “ fu messer lo doge." The Giunta at they exist no longer. His legacy to Francis Carrara, the first examination consisted of ten Patricians, at a Madonna painted by Giotto, is still preserved in the last of twenty.

the cathedral of Padua. Note 62, page 52, col. 2.

Note 71, page 54, col. 2. that maid, at once the fairest, noblest.

He cultured all that could refine, exalt. She was a Contarini; a name coeval with the Re- See an Essay on his Character, lately written by a public, and illustrated by eight Doges. On the oc- Man no less eminent for his learning than his genius casion of their marriage, the Bucentaur came out in Ugo Foscolo. its splendor ; and a bridge of boats was thrown across the Canal Grande for the Bridegroom and his retinue

Note 72, page 54, col. 2. of three hundred horse. Sanuto dwells with pleasure

-In its chain it hangs. on the costliness of the dresses and the magnificence

Affirming itself to be the very buckel which Tasof the processions by land and water. The tourna- soni in his mock heroics has celebrated as the cause ments in the Place of St. Mark lasted three days, of war between Bologna and Modena five hundred and were attended by thirty thousand people. years ago. If true, it is in wonderful preservation. Noto 63, page 53, col. 1.

Note 73, page 54, col. 2.
I have transgressid, offended, wilfully.

Done by ZampieriIt was a high crime to solicit the intercession of Commonly called Domenichino. any Foreign Prince.

Note 74, page 56, col. 2.
Note 64, page 53, col. 2.

And what a glorious lustre did it shed.
the Invisible Three.

Among other instances of her ascendency at the The State-Inquisitors. For an account of their close of the thirteenth century, it is related that authority, see page 52.

Florence saw twelve of her citizens assembled at the

Court of Boniface the Eighth, as Ambassadors from Note 65, page 53, col. 2.

different parts of Europe and Asia. Their names are It found him on his knees before the altar.

mentioned in Toscana Ilustrata. He was at mass.-SANUTO.

Note 75, page 56, col. 2.
Note 66, page 54, col. 1.

In this chapel wrought.
And in his ledger-book.
A remarkable instance, among others in the annals Carmelites. It is adorned with his paintings, and all

A chapel of the Holy Virgin in the church of the of Venice, that her princes were merchants.

the great artists of Florence studied there; Lionardo Note 67, page 54, col. 1.

da Vinci, Fra Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto, Michael And from that hour have kindred spirits flock d.

Angelo, Raphael, etc. I visited once more, says Alfieri, the tomb of our

He had no stone, no inscription, says one of his master in love, the divine Petrarch ; and there, as at biographers, for he was thought little of in his life

time. Ravenna, consocrated a day to meditation and verse.

Se alcun cercasse il marmo, o il nome mio,
Note 68, page 54, col. 1.

La Chiesa è il marmo, una cappella è il nome.
Its vineyards of such great and old renown.

It was there that Michael Angelo received the blow The Cote Rotie, the Hermitage, etc.

in his face.-See Vasari and CELLINI.

Note 76, page 56, col. 2.

brother, one by a husband, and a third murdered his Would Dante sit conversing.

wife. A tradition.

But that family was soon to become extinct. It is

some consolation to reflect that their Country did not Note 77, page 56, col. 2.

go unrevenged for the calamities which they had Hadst plagued him sore, and carefully requiting.

brought upon her. How many of them died by the After this line, read as follows:

hands of each other
Such as condemn'd his mortal part to fire :

Note 87, page 57, col. 2.
Many a transgressor sent to his account,

The Ancient Palace.
Long ere in Florence number'd with the dead ;
The body still as full of life and stir

The Palazzo Vecchio. Cosmo had left it several
At home, abroad; still and as oft inclined
To eat, drink, sleep ; still clad as others were,

years before.
And at noon-day, where men were wont to meet,

Note 88, page 57, col. 2.
Met as continually; when the soul went,

-drawn on the wall.
Relinquish'd to a demon, and by him
(So says the Bard, and who can read and doubt?) By Vasari.
Dwelt in and govern'd.
Sit thee down awhile ;

Note 89, page 57, col. 2.
Then by thy gates so beautiful, so glorious, etc.

From the deep silence that his questions drew. A more dreadful vehicle for satire cannot well be It was given out that they had died of a contagious conceived.

fever; and funeral orations were publicly pronounced

in their honor.
Note 78, page 56, col. 2.
-condemn'd his mortal part

Note 90, page 57, col. 2.
To fire.

Cimabue.
In 1302, he was sentenced, if taken, to be burned.

He was the father of modem painting, and the Note 79, page 56, col. 2.

master of Giotto, whose talent he discovered in the

way here alluded to. -he flew and saved him. Inferno, xix.

“Cimabue stood still, and, having considered the

boy and his work, he asked him, if he would go and Note 80, page 56, col. 2.

live with him at Florence? To which the boy anNor then forget that Chamber of the Dead. swered that, if his father was willing, he would go The Chapel de' Depositi; in which are the tombs with all his heart.”—VASARI. of the Medici, by Michael Angelo.

of Cimabue little now remains at Florence, except

his celebrated Madonna, larger than the life, in Santa Note 81, page 56, col. 2.

Maria Novella. It was painted, according to Vasari, That is the Duke Lorenzo. Mark him well.

in a garden near Porta S. Piero, and, when finished, He died early; living only to become the father was carried to the church in solemn procession with of Catharine de Medicis. Had an evil spirit assumed trumpets before it. The garden lay without the walls; the human shape to propagate mischief, he could not and such was the rejoicing there on the occasion, have done better.

that the suburb received the name of Borgo Allegri, The statue is larger than the life, but not so large a name it still bears, though now a part of the city. as to shock belief. It is the most real and unreal thing that ever came from the chisel.

Note 91, page 57, col. 2.

Beautiful Florence.
Note 82, page 57, col. 1.

It is somewhere mentioned that Michael Angelo.
On that thrice-hallow'd day.

when he set out from Florence to build the dome of The day of All Souls. Il di de' Morti.

St. Peter's, turned his horse round in the road to

contemplate once more that of the cathedral, as it Note 83, page 57, col. 1.

rose in the grey of the morning from among the It must be known--the writing on the wall.

pines and cypresses of the city, and that he said after Exoriare aliquis nostris ex ossibus ultor.

a pause, “ Come te non voglio! Meglio di te non Perhaps there is nothing in language more affect- posso !"! He never indeed spoke of it but with ading than his last testament. It is addressed “To God, miration ; and if we may believe tradition, his tomb the Deliverer,” and was found steeped in his blood. by his own desire was to be so placed in the Santa Note 84, page 57, col. 1.

Croce as that from it might be seen, when the doors

of the church stood open, that noble work of BruThat Cosmo. The first Grand Duke.

neleschi.

Note 92, pago 57, col. 2.
Note 85, page 57, col. 1.

that church among the rost.
Is told, and by an honest Chronicler.

Santa Maria Novella. For its grace and beauty it The President De Thou. Alfieri has written a was called by Michael Angelo “ La Sposa.” tragedy on the subject; if it may be said so, when he has altered so entirely the story and the characters.

Note 93, page 57, col. 2.

Those who assembled there at matin-prayers.
Note 86, page 57, col. 1.

In the
-the disconsolate Mother.

of the Great Plague.

year or the children that survived her, one fell by a I Like thee I will not build one. Better than thee I cannot.

Note 94, page 58, col. 1.

Note 105, page 58, col. 2.
Came out into the meadows.

Down by the City of Hermits.
Once, on a bright November morning, I set out Il Sagro Eremo.
and traced them, as I conceived, step by step; be-

Note 106, page 58, col. 2. ginning and ending in the Church of Santa Maria

Hands, clad in gloves of steel, held up imploring. Novella. It was a walk delightful in itself, and in its associations.

It was in this manner that the first Sforza went

down, when he perished in the Pescàra.
Note 95, page 58, col. 1.
Round the bill they went.

Note 107, page 58, col. 2.
I have here followed Baldelli. It has been said

oft, as that great Artist saw. that Boccaccio drew from his imagination. But is it What follows is a description of the Cartoon of Pisa. likely, when he and his readers were living within a mile or two of the spot? Truth or fiction, it fur

Note 108, page 59, col. 1. Dishes a pleasant picture of the manners and amuse

And lo, an atom on that dangerous sea. ments of the Florentines in that day.

Petrarch, as we learn from himself, was on his

way to Incisa; whither his mother was retiring. He Note 96, page 58, col. 1.

was seven months old at the time. The morning-banquet by the fountain-side. Three hours after sun-rise.

Note 109, page 59, col. 1.

Reclined beside thee.
Note 97, page 58, col. 1.

O ego quantus eram, gelidi cum stratus ad Arni

Murmura, etc. The Friar pour'd out his catalogue of treasures.

Epitaphium Damonis. See the Decameron, vi. 10.

Note 110, page 59, col. 1.

Towerless.
Note 98, page 58, col. 1.

There were the “Nobili di Torre" and the “No. his lowly roof and scanty farm.

bili di Loggia." Now belonging by inheritance to the Rangoni, a Modenese family

Note 111, page 59, col. 2.

At the bridge-foot.
Note 99, page 58, col. 1.

Giovanni Buondelmonte was on the point of mar'Tis bix own sketch-he drew it from himself.

rying an Amidei, when a widow of the Donati family See a very interesting letter from Machiavel to Francesco Vettori, dated the 10th of December, 1513. made him break his engagement in the manner here

described. Note 100, page 58, col. 2.

The Amidei washed away the affront with his

blood, attacking him, says Villani, at the foot of the For its green wine

Ponte Vecchio; and hence the wars of the Guelphs La Verdea. It is celebrated by Rinuccini, Redi, and the Ghibellines. and most of the Tuscan Poets.

O Buondelmonte, quanto mal fuggisti

Le nozzo sue, per gli altrui conforti ! Dante.
Note 101, page 58, col. 2.

Note 112, page 59, col. 2.
Seven years a prisoner at the city-gate.

It had been well, hadst thou slept on, Imelda.
Galileo came to Arcetri at the close of the year

The story is Bolognese, and is told by Cherubino 1633; and remained there, while he lived, by an Ghiradacci in his history of Bologna. Her lover was order of the Inquisition. It is without the walls, near of the Guelphic party, her brothers of the Ghibelline; the Porta Romana.

and no sooner was this act of violence made known, He was buried, with all honor, in the church of than an enmity, hitherto but half-suppressed, broke the Santa Croce.

out into open war. The Great Place was a scene of Note 102, page 58, col. 2.

battle and bloodshed for forty successive days; nor

was a reconciliation accomplished till six years afterHis cottage (justly was it callid The Jewel).

wards, when the families and their adherents met Il Giojello.

there once again, and exchanged the kiss of peace Note 103, page 58, col. 2.

before the Cardinal Legate; as the rival families of There, unseen.

Florence had already done in the Place of S. Maria Milton went to Italy in 1638. “There it was," Novella. Every house on the occasion was hung with says be," that I found and visited the famous Galileo, tapestry and garlauds of Howers. grown old, a prisoner to the Inquisition.” “ Old and

Note 113, page 59, col. 2. blind," he might have said. Galileo, by his own ac

from the wound count, became blind in December, 1637. Milton, as

Sucking the poison. we learn from the date of Sir Henry Wotton's letter The Saracens had introduced among them the to him, had not left England on the 18th of April practice of poisoning their daggers. following See TIRABOSCHI, and Wotton's Remains.

Note 114, page 59, col. 2.
Note 104, page 58, col. 2.

Yet, when Slavery came,
So near the yellow Tiber's,

Worse follow'd.
They rise within thirteen miles of each other. It is remarkable that the noblest works of human

-sung of old

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