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culous; because all the efforts in the world, will never throw it into, so pleasing a figure, as that which nature gives it.

From a small feat in the bofom of this retirement is seen the Boat-house, over the shining lake, and through the laurels of the shrubbery, which fringe its steep Hoping banks; this is caught to great advantage, and gives a lively colouring to the rural landscape. I never sit here but I think of those beautiful lines of Thomson ;

Beside the dewy borders let me fit,
All in the freshness of the humid air;
There in that hollow'd rock, grotesque and wild,
An ample chair 'moss lin'd, and over head
By flow'ring umbrage shaded.

This is a most agreeable recess; but I imagine would be rendered full as desirable and contemplative, were its banks more shaded, particularly on the opposite fide, by the darkest evergreens,

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places can never be too much secluded or solitary. The twist a little higher, between the bold falls of the cascade, is natural and expressive ; and the simple fingle plank bridge, tho' perhaps not much observed, is one of the prettiest ornaments of the place.

The shady walk from this rural spot, winds precipitately by some ponds of water into a wild uncultivated copse; the contrast is extremely striking, and the scene becomes intirely paftoral, by taking in the farm house, and the adjoining fields, full of cows and sheep : these and the deep dingle, overspread with alders and hazles, is no contemptible acquisition to grace this plain and humble picture,

I cannot help observing, as we are now upon the only ground within the whole domain, where more striking beauties, both to give pleasure and to employ the genius of the designer, may be collected,

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that the path which climbs up the hill to the right, partly opposite the last waterfall, passes by the deep hanging sides of a ranging valley-a valley fu happily filled with the finest trees and underwood, so formed by nature for the hand of taste to display itself, that I am amazed (the genius of the place being so obvious) that it never caught the eye of the defigner, and was put in execution.

I think I may presume to say, that this retired and umbrageous dell, by collecting the water, which now dribbles along its bottom, teaching it to drop in broken and abrupt falls,

or in some places smooth, as fancy guides, and leading a path carelessly along, sometimes upon its brow, at others dipping into the deepest hollow, where proper places may demand a grotesque seat, or any other de. coration that not even the celebrated environs of the grotto of Hagley, or the

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fascinating Virgil's Grove of the Leafowes, would eclipse the beauties which might be made to appear in this delightful vale. It would be a continued scene of the most enchanting nature, and if conduted similar to the taste shewn about the cascades, even from thence, shutting out every diftant object, and confining it to its own charms, which would every where shew themselves, be distinguished as one of the most copious and pleasing recefies that ever graced a park.

The path which leads near the farmhouse, strikes up the hill to the out-lide of the cople, where a seat, very judiciously placed, commands a free and extensive prospect. The dark brown desart appears sweeping along the bottom, on the right of the rich plantation of firs, filling the valley with its dark rich plumes, while Kinver church, the unwieldly ridge of hills, and the grotesque rock under

neath, neath, with an endless range of words, mountains, commons, churches, and houses, deligh fully diversify the whole, and give it the most engaging consequence.

The ascent now becomes steep and turns again into the wood, where foon

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'The CHAPEL.

This building is dedicated to the late Mr. Shenfione, merely as I imagine froin the great fimilitude the views from this place have to several of those of the Leafowes. The gloom, the deep surTounding falls, closely embraced by a wilderness of copse and large forest trees, thinly scattered in the front, is truly wild. Here the windows are very judiciously ornamented with painted glass ; throwing an air of solemnity over it, and perfectly answering to the solitary gloom

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