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steep hill, round a grove of oaks, thick planted, but not feathered to the bottom, to several benches which take in the country in the most agreeable diverfity, between the stems of the trees. Upon the summit of this bold hill the walk waves on a very desirable level, and at length falls to that celebrated seat, which opens to the eye the loveliest of prospects. Here we find the following lines, very applicably taken from the fifth book of Paradise Lost.

These are thy glorious works, parent of good,
Almighty! thine this universal frame,
Thus wond'rous fair ; thyself how wond'rous then!
Unspeakable, who fits above the heavens,
To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy lowest works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine,

The situation of this shady eminence affords the most ravishing views, and insensibly leads the mind into reflections of the great harmony and beauty of nature. The ample lawn sweeping from this gay brow into the lovely vale below, embofomed and infringed by the noblest trees that ever graced the turf, surrounds, enriches, and shews the house in all its elegance. A finer foreground cannot be imagined to distant scenes, where nature feems to have studied to lavish her beauties in the most wanton profusion : Lofty hills crowned with woods, twining meadows, and fertile fields.-Nor is wanting, the dark brown heath, woodlands, and rich enclosures, to diversify the whole ; while the hoary Welch mountains touch the far distant skies, and terminate the striking view.

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Instead of pursuing the path which leads down towards the house, you retire into the umbrageous grove, where the scene from the first feat is changed from a wide-extended country, full of a thousand different objects, to a rich and delightful garden, animated by gay variety and run ral magnificence. From this feat a copi

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ous lawn gently sweeps down into the vale, crouded on every side by the tower, ing wood, and fills the bottom with its spreading arms; and over the plumes of its foliage appears another rising lawn, on the verge of which is seen, Thomson's seat, finely fringed on each side and behind by stately trees. The temple of Theseus over these, on a more elevated brow, among rich plantations of firs, stretching up the hill, and the graceful obelisk, on a lawn above that, clofed behind by the Witchberry wood, are the objects collected in this enchanting place. I apprehend every spectator who treads the elysian walks of Hagley park, cannoc but be pleasingly ftruck at the rich view before him, and acknowledge it the most elegant picture that ever was drawn by the pencil of taste.

In advancing a few paces to another bench from this place, the face of every thing changes again. No buildings are

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feen; all is fhut out by the closing of the woods, except one opening over the branches of the trees, which looks iminediately upon a clump of firs on the left of the Witchberry hill, and the ftupendioys Wrekin at about thirty miles diftant.

The same shady path leads along ta the Doric portico, fupported by rustic pillars, on the summit of an exceeding steep lawn which runs into the opposite grove, and is every way confined by the fame; in the valley beneath a small pond of water glistens through the trees, and round a sturdy old oak, covered with ivy, is a bench which affords several agreeable peeps ; this portico is called

POPE's BUILDING,

thus inscribed,

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QUIETI

QUIETI ET MUSIS.
To Quiet and the Muses,

The fituation of this lovely recess is such as never fails inspiring a secret pleafure. Thomson's seat is again brought into the chearful picture, over the branches of luxuriant horse-chesnuts and other trees ; the obelisk and the Witchberry wood, and part of the fir-plantation, have a fine effect, but the Grecian Temple is excluded.

From hence, keeping to the left, the walk becomes if possible more rural, takes a shady turn anong the noble Lurrounding trees, and precipitately falls to another extensive opening, which affords a pleasing variety; all is paftoral, plain and fimple. Clent hills again rise in the scene, full in front, crowned with á fir clump in perspective beauty, and Pope's urn under the trees at some distance on the side of the lawn is catched

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