Monograph Series - United States Historical Society Volume 6

Monograph Series - United States Historical Society Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...anecdotes and reflections were ended; and it was high time for us to inspect the various parts of the monastery, because we could not stay longer than this day; in fact we intended starting on our return the very next morning. The first place we visited was the garden, to which a few steps from the church led us. It had been dug out of the rock, and a level space of nearly half an acre had been laid out with great labor by the help of the pick-axe and crow-bar, since this had been done long before gunpowder was known in Europe. The sight from the road leading to this magnificent platform of granite was most extensive and enchanting. What struck us most of all were the numberless roses in full bloom which were everywhere scattered about. Roses on both sides of the alleys, roses in large groups in the middle of square beds, roses along the walls, roses hanging from the surrounding rocks, roses everywhere, their fragrance filling the atmosphere as if a cloud of incense was continually rising from the consecrated ground of Benedict toward heaven. Like other travellers, I did not fail to pluck a few of the finest roses, which I placed within the pages of a book to dry. Some I sent to a few friends in Nantes, but they could neither enjoy their native beauty nor inhale their sweet perfume. I have said that from the road leading to the garden we saw an extensive panorama of the country around. High mountains of the most grandiose shape in the distance; nearer, rounded hills covered with fir and deciduous trees, forming the last grade of the Apennines toward the east; between them delightful valleys rich in agricultural products; in the valley the last and diminutive confiuents of the Anio looking like threads of silver embroidered upon the deep...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236976002
  • 9781236976000