He had black, fiery eyes, coal-black hair, a strong, fine Roman
profile, and a rich brown complexion.
Linnaeus said long ago, "Nescio quae facies laeta, glabra plantis Americanis" (I know not what there is of joyous and smooth in the aspect of American plants); and I think that in this country there are no, or at most very few, Africanae bestiae, African beasts, as the Romans
called them, and that in this respect also it is peculiarly fitted for the habitation of man.
Wopsle, united to a Roman
nose and a large shining bald forehead, had a deep voice which he was uncommonly proud of; indeed it was understood among his acquaintance that if you could only give him his head, he would read the clergyman into fits; he himself confessed that if the Church was "thrown open," meaning to competition, he would not despair of making his mark in it.
Hundreds of broad-headed, short-stemmed, wide-branched oaks, which had witnessed perhaps the stately march of the Roman
soldiery, flung their gnarled arms over a thick carpet of the most delicious green sward; in some places they were intermingled with beeches, hollies, and copsewood of various descriptions, so closely as totally to intercept the level beams of the sinking sun; in others they receded from each other, forming those long sweeping vistas, in the intricacy of which the eye delights to lose itself, while imagination considers them as the paths to yet wilder scenes of silvan solitude.
It was rumoured of him once that he was about to join the Roman
Catholic communion, and certainly the Roman
ritual had always a great attraction for him.
Le Grand, with all his zeal for the Roman
church, appears to have seen them.
The pope and Caesar Borgia first found the two future cardinals; they were Giovanni Rospigliosi, who held four of the highest dignities of the Holy See, and Caesar Spada, one of the noblest and richest of the Roman
nobility; both felt the high honor of such a favor from the pope.
The commander of the first Roman
galley must have looked with an intense absorption upon the estuary of the Thames as he turned the beaked prow of his ship to the westward under the brow of the North Foreland.
Thou forgettest, however, Ben-Levi," replied Abel-Phittim, "that the Roman
Pompey, who is now impiously besieging the city of the Most High, has no assurity that we apply not the lambs thus purchased for the altar, to the sustenance of the body, rather than of the spirit.
That is the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, and when we leave that we shall be getting close to the old Roman
county, and you will naturally want your eyes.
Add to this their custom of plantation of colonies; whereby the Roman
plant was removed into the soil of other nations.
She had the proud, impetuous face that goes with reddish colouring, and a Roman
nose, as it did in Marie Antoinette.