A Week in Venice: A Complete Guide-book to the City and Its Environs. With Two Maps and Numerous Illustrations

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Coen, 1880 - Venice (Italy) - 164 pages
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Page 22 - I STOOD in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs ; A palace and a prison on each hand : I saw from out the wave her structures rise As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand : A thousand years their cloudy wings expand Around me, and a dying Glory smiles O'er the far times, when many a subject land...
Page 61 - There is a glorious city in the sea; The sea is in the broad, the narrow streets, Ebbing and flowing; and the salt seaweed Clings to the marble of her palaces. No track of men, no footsteps to and fro, Lead to her gates! The path lies o'er the sea, Invisible: and from the land we went, As to a floating city — steering in, And gliding up her streets, as in a dream...
Page 65 - In Venice Tasso's echoes are no more, And silent rows the songless gondolier ; Her palaces are crumbling to the shore, And music meets not always now the ear : Those days are gone — but beauty still is here. States fall, arts fade — but nature doth not die, Nor yet forget how Venice once was dear, The pleasant place of all festivity, The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy...
Page 28 - Signior Antonio, many a time and oft In the Rialto you have rated me About my moneys and my usances : Still have I borne it with a patient shrug ; For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe. You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, And all for use of that which is mine own.
Page 11 - The Bucentaur lies rotting unrestored, Neglected garment of her widowhood ! St. Mark yet sees his lion where he stood Stand, but in mockery of his...
Page 10 - Venice) are in some way connected with the prosperity of the city ; that they fly round it three times every day in honour of the Trinity ; and that their being domiciled in the town is a sign that it will not be swallowed up by the waves. When it is high water, they perch on the top of the tower. DASENT, in his " Popular Tales from the Norse...
Page 10 - Sometimes the beU rings too soon, sometimes too late; but the birds are always there at the right time ; and if the bell-ringing be omitted — as it sometimes has been by way of experiment— they scream and flap their wings in a peculiar manner. This may seem incredible, but the story has been verified over and over again, both for the amusement of visitors and the satisfaction of the authorities. It is a pretty sight of a...
Page 65 - There are also some beautiful mantle-pieces, and two splendid marble columns which are said to have been brought from the Temple of Diana at Ephesus.
Page 25 - ... marked by the high tide, Never did a prison deserve its name more thoroughly than this, — never did a house look more inhospitable, or inore suggestive of a tomb for living men, than this " Gaol of the Sea „. The facade on the Riva is less sombre but quite as impressive.
Page 4 - Austrians conquered the city and held it until the summer of 1866, when it was ceded to France, as a consequence of the Austrian war with Prussia and Italy, and finally, in the autumn of the same year to Victor Emanuel. 1 See Mohnenti's "Vie Privfe a Venise.

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