Rienzi: The Last of the Roman Tribunes

By Edward Bulwer Lytton; L. W. Zeigler | Go to book overview

BOOK IV
THE TRIUMPH AND THE POMP

"Allora fama e paura di si buono reggimento, passa in ogni terra." -- Vita di Cola di Rienzi, lib. i. cap. 21.

"Then the fame and the fear of that so good government passed into every land." -- Life of Cola di Rienzi.


CHAPTER I
THE BOY ANGELO -- THE DREAM OF NINA FULFILLED

The thread of my story transports us back to Rome. It was in a small chamber, in a ruinous mansion by the base of Mount Aventine, that a young boy sate, one evening, with a woman of a tall and stately form, but somewhat bowed both by infirmity and years. The boy was of a fair and comely presence; and there was that in his bold, frank, undaunted carriage, which made him appear older than he was.

The old woman, seated in the recess of the deep window, was apparently occupied with a Bible that lay open on her knees; but ever and anon she lifted her eyes, and gazed on her young companion with a sad and anxious expression.

"Dame," said the boy, who was busily employed in hewing out a sword of wood, "I would you had seen the show to-day. Why, every day is a show at Rome now! It is show enough to see the Tribune himself on his white steed -- (oh, it is so beautiful !) -- with his

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