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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
302                    CHURCH REVIEW

more important ceremonies of Church and State in Florence.
It has been the Westminster Abbey of Paris.  All the corona-
tions of kings and princes, their marriages and baptisms, royal
funerals, the receptions of great dignitaries of the Church the
"Te Deums" for victories, and the surging masses of Parisian
Revolutionists have made historic processions under its lofty
nave. Such is Notre Dame.  Where else can its match be
found?
  And what can I say of the Louvre, that magnificent palace
for the home of the fine arts? It was my pleasure, on my first
Sunday in Paris, after worshiping at Notre Dame, to spend the
day in the aisles of this palace of art, feasting my eyes on
its miles of canvas. The museum and galleries of the Louvre
are the most extensive and contain the choicest collectio)n of
art works in the world. The nucleus was made by the taste
and liberality of Francis I, and added to by all subsequent
sovereigns, crowned, of course, by the wealth anti prodigality
of the first Napoleon.  His victories in Italy give him the spoil
of its works of art.  There is not now, nor has there ever been,
a gallery comparable in extent, in wealth of art, and in perfect-
ness of arrangement, to those of the Louvre at the present time.
It was a great pleasure to me to see the original of many old
friends. "The Lord's Supper," by Titian; "The Immaculate
Conception," by Murillo; and that goddess of the sculptor's art,
the "Venus" of Milo, are but a few.
  Socially, I did not see as much of Paris as of London.  I car-
ried no letters to Paris, but I was fortunate in meeting, one day,
in my stroll, my good friend Mr. Henry Williams, of Cleveland,
Ohio, who has been in Paris two years, studying music.  He
has an exceptionally fine social position in Paris, and through
him I made some very agreeable acquaintances.  The charm of
French society is the most delightful and exhililrating imagin-
able; the atmosphere with which they surround you is so
buoyant, so delightful, so full of freshness and gayety. I shall
not soon forget the evening spent with him at the residence of
Mon. G. Sbriglia, at the Rue de Provence, and the warm wel-
come I received from his accomplished wife and bevy of beauti-
ful young ladies. It was a musical party; all were artists pre-
paring for a musical career.  The rich soprano of Miss Dujon,
of London, rings yet in my ears, like sweet-toned bells. She
has, undoubtedly, a grand future before her, and we hope to
greet her before an American audience before many years roll
by. Mr. Williams possesses a tenor of marvellous sweetness
and compass, and competent judges told me that he would
soon rank among the best in Europe. He is in fine health and
spirits, and is undetermined whether he will remain abroad
or return to this country after he has finished his studies. Paris
is justly celebrated for its shops; nowhere in the world are
the things better arranged to catch the eye and taste of those
who spend their time strolling up and down the principal thor-
ougfares, glancing in shop windows in search for something




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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