"Allora la sua venuta fu a Roma sentita; Romani si apparecchiavano a riceverlo con letizia...furo fatti archi trionfali," &c., &c. -- Vita di Cola di Rienzi, lib. ii. c. 17.
"Then the fame of his coming was felt at Rome; the Romans made ready to receive him with gladness...triumphal arches were erected," &c., &c. -- Life of Cola di Rienzi.
THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRANCE
All Rome was astir! -- from St. Angelo to the Capitol, windows, balconies, roots, were crowded with animated thousands. Only here and there, in the sullen quarters of the Colonna, the Orsini, and the Savelli, reigned a death-like solitude and a dreary gloom. In those fortifications, rather than streets, not even the accustomed tread of the barbarian sentinel was heard. The gates closed -- the casements barred -- the grim silence around -- attested the absence of the Barons. They had left the city so soon as they had learned the certain approach of Rienzi. In the villages and castles of the Campagna, surrounded by their mercenaries, they awaited the hour when the people, weary of their idol, should welcome back even those ferocious Iconoclasts.
With these exceptions, all Rome was astir! Tri-