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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 bare-footed fryars 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. "
Curiosities of Literature - Page 134
by Isaac Disraeli - 1807
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Orators of the American Revolution

Elias Lyman Magoon - 1848 - 456 pages
...Hill at Rome, as Gibbon himself tells us: " On the fifteenth of October, 1764, as he sat musing amid 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." Why is Pompeii...
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Outlines of English Literature

Thomas Budd Shaw - 1849 - 540 pages
...October 15th, 1764, and is immortalised in his own picturesque words : " As I sat musing," he says, " amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." But so gigantic a task...
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Outlines of English Literature

Thomas Budd Shaw - 1849 - 435 pages
...Rome, October 15th, 1764, and is immortalised in his own picturesque words: "As I sat musing," he says, "amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of 286 OUTLINES or GENERAL LITERATURE. [CHAP. xv. Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of...
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The Literary Reader: For Academies and High Schools: Consisting of ...

Arethusa Hall - 1851 - 408 pages
...on closing the work. GIBBON'S ACCOUNT OF THE COMMENCEMENT AND CONCLUSION OF HIS GREAT WORK. IN Rome, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. * * * * It was on the...
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The Literature and the Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2

Abraham Mills - 1851
...choice was determined by an incident of a striking and romantic nature. ' As I sat musing,' he says, ' amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' Many years, however,...
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The History of English Literature: With an Outline of the Origin and Growth ...

William Spalding - 1853 - 413 pages
...those quarters where he was inclined to lead us astray. His work was first conceived in Rome, " as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter : " and its prevalent tone might, with no very wide stretch of fancy, be supposed to retain symptoms...
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A History of England in the Lives of Englishmen, Volume 6

George Godfrey Cunningham - 1853
...eleven months amongst his old friends, he proceeded to Italy. It was at Rome, as " he sat musing amongst the ruins of the capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." He returned from Italy...
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Handbook for travellers in central Italy [by O. Blewitt].

John Murray (publishers.), Octavian Blewitt - 1853
...connexion with Gibbon. It was in this ch., as he himself tells us, "on the 15th of October, 1764, as he 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." In front of the...
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Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature, Volumes 1-2

James Hamilton - 1854
...front elevation of a palace, with the arrangements of a barrack and the contents of a vast magazine. " It was at Rome," says Gibbon, " on the 15th of October,...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter (then a church of the Franciscans), that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first...
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Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature, Volume 1

1854
...front elevation of a palace, with the arrangements of a barrack and the contents of a vast magazine. " It was at Rome," says Gibbon, " on the 15th of October,...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter (then a church of the Franciscans), that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first...
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