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dustry, to an endless variety of objects, equally interesting and beautiful. The fudden appearance of a lovely and rich expanse, every way embellished with such a profusion of charms, that the eye knows not where to fix, but wanders among the busy villages, the cultivated fields, and the wood-decked hills, with ineffable delight. Nature from this proud brow* appears replete with those distinctions, which not only fascinate the eye, but fill the mind with the deepest impressions of the majesty of that power from whence every thing proceeds. It was this happy spot which drew the attention of a Shenstone, and to his genius the world is indebted for
THE LEASOWE S.
L E AS O WE S.
R. Shenstone's merit as a poet, and
fufficiently known to the world: his poems, particularly his paftorals, evidently confirm him in the first, and the beautiful disposition of the many ftriking beauries this delightful place affords, justifies him in the latter.
The entrance into these rural scenes from the road leading to Hales Owen, is down a steep gloomy hollow to a gate over-arched with stones, from whence begins
THE PRIOR Y WALK.
Through this quiet and fequestered vale the eye is constantly amused by a pleasing variety of objects, equally sim
ple and entertaining: the brawling of a cafcade near the foot of the first seat, plunging down a scattered heap of rag: ged rock and ftones, is strikingly conducted ; and a fort of stone quarry on the opposite steep hill, covered with trees and bushes, is an agreeable addition to the rudeness of its corresponding parts. On the back of the first feat, under the wall of the priory gate, is this inscription :
Lucis habitamus opacis
Unsettled we remove,
The hanging sides of this umbrageous recess are differently varied. That on the
left rises in great beauty ; lofty trees, bulhes, and the lively verdure of the turf, adorned with a thousand natural flowers, and the rambling path oblique, within the cool refreshing shade, is truly pleasing ; sometimes the trunk, or root, of a lofty oak, projects into the path; another, in the very middle of it. This I presume is meant to give it a more perfect air of fimplicity ; but a man of the nicest taste may lose himself in aiming at too great a distinction in this respect, and fall into the very error he is so cautious to shun: however pleasing this novelty in the priory walk may be to some, it is certainly absurd and unnatural; instead of being struck with its fimplicity, I see nothing but the most evident affectation of it, and I immediately conclude, the designer, merely for the sake of the whim, did it at the expence of his better judgment,
The opposite side of the dell is left in its natural state, wild, and closely bushed to the bottom, where the mazy current, from the cascade above dropping in abrupt falls, lends its foothing note, till having found a more peaceful haunt in the calm pool below, changes the sylvan scene.
The landscape which starts upon the spectator on approaching the water is exceeding chearful, but not extensive. Hales Owen steeple, a large house, the adjoining fields, and an agreeable peep of Clent hills over the water, enriched by the trees on its steep banks, are collected án this lively picture.
The inscription on the seat here is,
AMICITIA ET MERITIS
RICARDI GRAV ES.
-Ipfæ te Tityre, pinus