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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. 1766 edition. Excerpt: ...engag'd to show The stranger all he wish'J to know; 0-er all her scv'n proud hills they stray'd, And various observations made; The Roman pointing to his guest, Those prospects which he fancied best, There view our Capitol, he cries, Stupendous subject of surprize! Where sits our Senate framing law, To keep the conquer'd world in awe. Examine Examine with punctilious care, This spacious Amphitheatre; Where thronging nations may sind room----Such is its large, capacious womb. Behold, with reverence profound! Our vast Pantheon's sacred round! Where, wisely suited to the place, Our imag'd Gods give hallow'd grace! Behold this Column tow'ring high, Which seems to emulate the fey; Those Baths superb!--see--curious sight! Are fram'd for prosit and delight. View hence the fun his lustre beam, To gild majestic Tyber's stream; By which our plenteous city gains The produce of unnumber'd plain;. Look round, in short, on ev'ry part, Then freely speak, and from your heart, If Art and Nature so combin'd, Wish elegance and grandeur join'd, E'er struck your ravish'd eyes before Your footsteps trod the Roman shore. Here the Barbarian (for that name Those proud monopolists of Fame, The Romans, gave with partial sneer, To all beyond their native sphere;) Admitted, on a curious view, The sev'ral observations true; Yet seem'd to fay that solid sense Ne'er doated on magnisicence. Did all, says he, this grandeur come By lawful means, to lordly Rome? For why should many nations groan, To deck a city not their own? Were she by emulative trade, In wealth, and pow'r, superior made; Did she not gain her boasted charms, By rapine, and the force of arms;' Could all her pompous marks of state, Avert th' unerring shafts of fate; (For, once she must her ruin mourn, Like...
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