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ROMAN TRADITIONS OF PETER AND PAUL. 219
cloudier prophecy has been thought to refer to the
Messiah,
When Dante, in the spirit, undertook his journey
through the awful regions under earth, a gentle shade
crowned with laurel, walked by his side, teaching and
soothing him—Virgil. Never has Gustave Dore more
skilfully used his pencil, than in the drawings to the
" Divine Comedy " of Dante, where he has placed these
pilgrims side by side ; one with the plastic bearing of the
antique, and a noble ease in his movements, the other,
irritable and passionate in every gesture. When Swe-
denborg, in his pavilion at Stockholm, received guests
from the world of spirits, Virgil was one of those with
whom he by preference spoke. Year after year, trains of
pilgrims go. as Paul did aforetime, to Virgil’s grave.
Many go only to have been there. But assuredly they
are many, too, who go thither to offer at his grave their
warm thanksgiving for the grand and beautiful pictures
with which he filled the inner world of their boyhood.
The road thither is worth going. It winds along the
Riviera di Chiaja, by the Villa Nazionale and BoscJictto,
where the high society of Naples unfolds its magnificence,
as dower to one of the most beautiful shores in the world.
You stroll under palms, acacias and evergreen oaks,
through the leafy vault of which the sunbeams seek a
way, to sparkle upon marble statues or break in the spray
of swelling fountains. On the right, you have the street,
with its throng of riders and its carriages with fair, dark-
eyed women ; on the left, the sea, with fresh breezes,
playing waves and shimmering colors, no pencil can ever
portray. Here, already, you can do homage to Virgil ;
for the Neapolitans have raised an Ionic temple to him
in the Boschctto, and between the rows of columns you

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