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" It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. "
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The North British Review, Volume 33

Allan Freer - 1860
...conversant with his great theme before. "At Kome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars...writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." So too the history of England was no novel subject to Macaulay. It had been his favourite...
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The new American cyclopædia, ed. by G. Ripley and C.A. Dana

American cyclopaedia - 1860
...ruins of the capítol, while barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. But my original plan was circumscribed to the decay of the city, rather than of the empire...
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The North British Review, Volumes 32-33

1860
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." The motive arising from the hope of LI 00 is not likely to act in the minds of the highest...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 52

1861
...conversant with his great theme before. "At Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars...writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." So too the history of England was no novel subject to Macaulay. It had been his favorite...
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A History of English Literature in a Series of Biographical Sketches

William Francis Collier - 1862 - 538 pages
...us of the romantic circumstances in which the great resolve was made : "As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars...writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind." The same man, Edward Gibbon, has thus described the completion of his great work at Lausanne,...
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A history of English literature, in a series of biographical sketches

William Francis Collier - 1862
...us of the romantic circumstances in which the great resolve was made : " As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars...writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind." The same man, Edward Gibbon, has thus described the completion of his great work at Lausanne,...
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Letters from Rome to Friends in England

John William Burgon - 1862 - 420 pages
...is transacted within it. One can quite understand Gibbon's statement, that " as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars...writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." That was in 1764, a hundred years ago: but a hundred years are as nothing when you...
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Letters from Rome to Friends in England

John William Burgon - 1862 - 420 pages
...the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in 44 THE VIA CRUCIS IN THE COLISEUM. the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." That was in 1 764, a hundred years ago : but a hundred years are as nothing when...
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Something of Italy

William Chambers - 1862 - 133 pages
...sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to his mind.' Our visit to Ara Cccli was to appearance unavailing. In the silent basilica, there were...
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The Spiritual Magazine

1862
...ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city 'first started to my mind." How differently would this have -been described by an old Hebrew prophet. After describing...
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