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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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thus stood, it often happened that they saw by their side
other children, winged, and shining with a beauty above
that of earth, who came to mingle the colors of Luke, or
whisper something to Paul, as lost in thought he suffered
the pen to lie idle.
If you go from the Piazza di Venezia into the Corso,
Rome’s chief thoroughfare, you have immediately on the
left the Doria Pamfili palace, and next it a church, Santa
Maria in via lata. Once a year, in this more elaborately
than chastely adorned temple, a solemn mass is celebra-
ted ; and the opportunity is then given to look at a
Madonna, over the high altar, which tradition says is by
the hand of Luke the Evangelist, and was discovered
beneath the church—where are to be found remains of
the house of Martialis, transformed into a crypt with two
chapels. Two flights of stairs lead down to the rooms
where Paul wrote the epistles to Timothy and Titus, and
where Luke painted and wrote. The walls yet bear
traces of frescoes from the olden time. The pious, for
whom tradition is history, leave not the holy twilight
here below, without having drunk of a spring Paul called
up from the earth, to baptize in. In those days, how-
ever, the rooms stood above ground, and had light
enough for pen and easel. But the streets of Rome have
risen, with centuries. The eternal city is a kind of geolo-
gical history. Wheresoever you dig, there, you will find
the periods of history piled one upon another.
No day passed in Rome without some event of note,
which took the curiosity and attention of all captive,
until a new day came, with a new event. Now, the em-
peror gave, in the amphitheatre or the Circus Maximus,
or the theatre of Marcellus, some festal pageant of mar-

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