Remains of the REV. Edmund D. Griffin Volume 1

Remains of the REV. Edmund D. Griffin Volume 1

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...the opening was made by Curius Dentatus the conqueror of Pyrrhus--a fact which, carrying us back to the earlier and purer ages of the Roman republic, unites the moral to the physical sublime. Around the neighborhood of the fall, and along the river and the lake above, are found in great abundance caverns adorned with stalactites and incrustations of lime in various beautiful and fantastic forms. A really great evil and serious drawback upon the pleasure of visiting the fall, is the crowd by whom you are surrounded, one presenting a mineral, another throwing a stone or stick into the chasm and demanding a compensation, a third desiring to be remembered for opening a gate, and a fourth claiming a remuneration for admitting you into a wretched building, from which you see the fall, all entreating you to leave something with them as a token, and addressing you uniformly as 'your excellency' to enhance the price of their attendance. These are a sort of insects that swarm around you in every public place in Italy; and not only drain your blood, but inflame the wound and unfit you for enjoyment. If, like the fox in the fable, you brush off one set, whom you have at least partly satisfied, another swarm succeeds, more hungry and insatiable still. Narni is a town situated on the descent of a steep hill near the banks of the Nera. It is remarkable for the remains of a Roman bridge, the middle arch of which had a span of eighty-five feet. The road beyond is most romantic. It is suspended for a considerable distance over an abyss, through whose bottom flows the turbid and rapid Nera. Following the windings of the stream, you are presented at every turn with views of a character the most wild and picturesque, mountains now bare and rugged and now clothed with...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584945
  • 9781236584946