Herculaneum and other poems

Longman, Rees & Company, 1828 - 98 pàgines

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Pàgina 62 - They went out then, having pillows tied upon their heads with napkins ; and this was their whole defence against the storm of stones that fell around them.
Pàgina 61 - Bassus, who was in the utmost alarm at the imminent danger which threatened her ; for her villa being situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, there was no way to escape but by sea : she earnestly entreated him, therefore, to come to her assistance. He accordingly changed his first design, and what he began with a philosophical, he pursued with an heroical turn of mind.
Pàgina 60 - He was, at. that time, with the fleet under his command, at Misenum, On the 24th of August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud, which appeared of a very unusual size and shape. He had just returned from taking the benefit of the sun, and, after bathing himself in cold water, and taking a slight repast, was retired to his study.
Pàgina 60 - ... which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches, occasioned, I imagine, either by a sudden gust of air that impelled it, the force of which decreased as it advanced upwards ; or the cloud itself, being pressed back again by its own weight, expanded in this manner. It appeared sometimes bright, and sometimes dark and spotted, as it was either more or less impregnated with earth and cinders.
Pàgina 60 - Vesuvius. I cannot give you a more exact description of its figure than by resembling it to that of a pinetree, for it shot up a great height in the form of a trunk, which extended itself at the top into a sort of branches...
Pàgina 63 - There my uncle, having drunk a draught or two of cold water, threw himself down upon a cloth which was spread for him, when immediately the flames, and a strong smell of sulphur which was the forerunner of them, dispersed the rest of the company, and obliged him to arise.
Pàgina 62 - But my uncle, in order to sooth the apprehensions of his friend, assured him it was only the burning of the villages, which the country people had abandoned to the flames ; after this he retired to rest, and it is most certain that he was so little discomposed as to fall into a deep sleep ; for being pretty fat, and breathing hard, those who attended without actually hear'd him snore.
Pàgina 60 - ... immediately arose and went out upon an eminence, from whence he might more distinctly view this very uncommon appearance. It was not...
Pàgina 61 - When hastening to the place whence others fled with the utmost terror, he steered his direct course to the point of danger, and with so much calmness and presence of mind as to be able to make and dictate his observations upon the motion and figure of that dreadful scene.
Pàgina 61 - Pomponianus was then at Stabiae, separated by a gulf which the sea, after several insensible windings, forms upon the shore. He bad already sent his baggage on board ; for though he was not at that time in actual danger, yet being within...

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