The Life of Petrarch: Collected from Memoires Pour la Vie de Petrarch, Volume 1

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Page 84 - ... it is in the midst of a rapid river. The approach to it is over a bridge of rocks ; and there is a natural grotto under the rocks, which gives them the appearance of a rustic bridge. Into this grotto the rays of the sun never penetrate. I am confident that it much resembles the place where Cicero sometimes went to declaim.
Page 84 - One of these gardens is shady, formed for contemplation, and sacred to Apollo. It overhangs the source of the river, and is terminated by rocks, and by places accessible only to birds. The other is nearer my cottage, of an aspect less severe, and devoted to Bacchus ; and, what is extremely singular, it is in the midst of a rapid river. The approach to it is over a bridge of rocks ; and there is a natural grotto under the rocks ; which gives them the appearance of a rustic bridge.
Page 126 - ... of the Roman people. They were followed by six citizens of Rome clothed in green, and bearing crowns wreathed with different flowers. Petrarch walked in the midst of them ; after him came the senator, accompanied by the first men of the council. The streets were strewed with flowers, and the windows filled with ladies dressed in the most splendid manner, who showered perfumed waters profusely on the poet. He all the time wore the robe that had been presented to him by the king of Naples. When...
Page 83 - I am fond of the fish with which this stream abounds, and I sometimes amuse myself with spreading the nets. As to my dress, there is an entire change; you would take me for a laborer or a shepherd.
Page 196 - ... thrown from his horse. The shock was so violent that he swooned ; but he recovered, and was remounted by his companions. They had not got far, however, when a violent storm of rain and lightning rendered their situation almost as bad as that from which they had escaped, and threatened them with death in another shape. They passed a dreadful night without finding a tree or the hollow of a rock to shelter them, and had no expedient for mitigating their exposure to the storm but to turn their horses
Page 287 - She was not only magnificent, but elegant, in her dress, particularly in the ornaments of her head, and the manner of tying up her hair: and we have seen she wore a coronet of gold or silver; and sometimes, for variety, a garland of flowers, which she gathered herself in the fields. Petrarch...
Page 84 - Cicero went to declaim. It invites to study. Hither I retreat during the noontide hours ; my mornings are engaged upon the hills, or in the garden sacred to Apollo. Here I would most willingly pass my days, were I not too near Avignon, and too far from Italy. For why should I conceal this weakness of my soul ? I love Italy, and I hate Avignon. The pestilential influence of this horrid place empoisons the pure air of Vaucluse, and will compel me to quit my retirement.
Page 88 - I have friends whose society is delightful to me ; they are persons of all countries and of all ages ; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters ; easy to live with, always at my command. They come at my call, and return when I desire them : they are never out of humour, and...
Page 186 - I was not acquainted with; but, by her laugh, and the gestures of those about me, I suspected something; and, observing her with more attention, I found under the helmet the face of this formidable virgin. Was I to inform you of half the things they relate of her, you would take them for fables: I will therefore confine myself to a few facts, to which I was witness.
Page 88 - I desire them : they are never out of humour, and they answer all my questions with readiness, Some present in review before me the events of past ages ; others reveal to me the secrets of Nature : these teach me how to live, and those how to die : these dispel my melancholy by their mirth, and amuse me by their sallies of wit : and some there are who prepare my soul to suffer everything, to desire nothing, and to become thoroughly acquainted with itself.

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