The Lives of Celebrated Architects, Ancient Amd Modern: With Historical and Critical Observations on Their Works, and on the Principles of the Art

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J. Taylor, 1826
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Page 86 - Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be, In every work regard the writer's end, Since none can compass more than they intend; And if the means be just, the conduct true, Applause, in spite of trivial faults, is due.
Page 90 - Nero's statue, 120 feet high, stood in a court ornamented with porticoes of three files of lofty columns, each file a mile long; the gardens were of vast extent, with vineyards, meadows and woods, filled with every sort of domestic and wild animals; a pond was converted into a sea surrounded by a sufficient number of edifices to form a city; pearls, gems and the most precious materials were used everywhere, and especially...

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