Excerpt from The Overland Monthly, Vol. 6: January, 1871 In a much later poem, he represents himself as hanging up in the temple of Venus the lantern and the lute which had played conspicuous parts in youth ful serenades. So w upon the walls of village shrines the offerings will al most hide that which they would hor. It is t more than a century since this practice was as common in the cities; but w only the choicest offerings are displayed there. When the worship of Isis was first introduced at Rome, it speedily became so fashionable that Ju venal declares all the artists of the city lived upon the work called for by her votaries. Just think what a strife in picture-making there must have been when the Virgin, Isis, and Venus were competitors for the public favor. What a day that must have been for painters. How the chapels must have been plas tered outside and in with daubs of mira cles. And as Addison found the beau of a remote village dressed in a new suit, cut after the fashion that was in vogue in London a hundred years before, so in Italy the forms of worship and reverence in the obscure villages are essentially the same as in the days of Horace. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.