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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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AUTOBIOGRAPHY MEMOIRS OF EDWARD GIBBON, ESQ

WILLIAM D. HOWELLS - 1877
...tendency toward the work of his life, the first conception of which occurred to him at Rome, as he " sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter." It was not till after seven years* preparation, that, full of uncertainty and misgiving, this man of...
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English Literature in the Eighteenth Century

Alfred Hix Welsh - 1880 - 158 pages
...long cherished desire to write some historical work took definite shape from a romantic incident : 'As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the capitol,...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started in my mind.' Some years elapsed,...
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Milton

Mark Pattison - 1880 - 215 pages
...upon which he tried his pen, even after the memorable 15th October, 1764, when he "sate musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter." We know how many sketches of possible tragedies Racine would make before he could adopt one as the...
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Milton

Mark Pattison - 1880 - 215 pages
...upon which he tried his pen, even after the memorable 15th October, 1764, when he "sate musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter." We know how many sketches of possible tragedies Racine would make before he could adopt one as the...
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Milton

Mark Pattison - 1880 - 220 pages
...history upon which he tried his pen, even after the memorable 15 October, 1764, when he "sate musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter." We know how many sketches of possible tragedies Racine would make before he could adopt one as the...
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Acme Library of Standard Biography: Second Series

1880 - 552 pages
...upon which he tried his pen, even after the memorable Ijth October, 1764, when he "sate musing amid the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter." We know how many sketches of possible tragedies Racine would make before he could adopt one as the...
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Disraeli's Works, Volume 1

Isaac Disraeli - 1881
...has too often complained of its patrons, has it not also often over-valued their protection ? POETS, PHILOSOPHERS, AND ARTISTS, MADE BY ACCIDENT. ACCIDENT...amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friara were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall...
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Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature: A History ..., Volumes 3-4

Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers - 1881
...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 barefooted...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started into my mind.' Many years, however,...
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A Handbook of Rome and Its Environs

John Murray (Firm) - 1881 - 629 pages
...historians, Gibbon. It was in it, as he himself tells us, that "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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Familiar Allusions: A Hand-book of Miscellaneous Information Including the ...

William Adolphus Wheeler - 1881 - 584 pages
...Capitolinus. It was in this church that Gibbon, as he himself informs us, on the 15th of October, 17(ii, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers, first meditated writing the history of the Decline and Fall of the city. The name Ara Cceli is traditionally...
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