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That is,

To the friendship and merit

-For thee detain'd The pines, the shrubs, the bubbling springs com: plain'd.


The path from hence winds by the side of the pond in the most simple manner along the lowly dale, where another dripping rill falls gently in soft murmurs from the higher parts of it, and loses itself in the same lake.

On another seat are these lines,

| Huc ades, O Melibee ! caper tibi salvus et haedi s

Et fi quid ceffare potes, requiefce sub umbra

That is,

hither Meliboeus hafte, Safe are thy goat and kids : one idle hour Come waste with me beneach this cooling bow'r,



From this shady bench the whole of the sequestered valley is taken in ; upon the left in the midst of a rising grove of oaks, feathered with coppice wood and goss, stands the statue of a Faunus playing upon a pipe. This, so finely seen among the trees, has a very agreeable effect, and on the opposite side, an urn in a lone spot adds to its native gloom and solemnity; this contemplative scene is intirely confined by steep declivities on either side; lofty trees are thinly dropped about, from the more darkened bank; and the lovely wood beyond the statue connecting, forms a chearful lawn, gently falling by the foot of the seat and down to the water below.

The inscription on the urn is,


Debita spargens lacrimâ favillam

Vatis amici,

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To the genius and friendship
WILLIAM SHENSTONE erected this urn,

Sprinkling with tears the ashes

Of his poetical friend.

A little farther within the umbrage of a thick fet grove of horse chesnuts and larches, is


Dedicated to the Earl of Stamford, On the entrance of this mofly root feat, the spectator is not only struck with surprize and pleasure at the romantic scene before him, but likewise at the genius of the designer who could thus from an insignificant gutter, call in such beauty and invention. A bold artless cascade precipitately rushes down a rugged mass of rocky stones, at least one hundred and fifty paces, in a constant succession of

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Falls; the fore ground on a rising hillock is studded with tall distinct oaks, and each side the plunging torrent is thickly planted with variety of different shrubby bushes, alders, yews, alhes, spindling among others of a larger growth, whofe naked roots half dead and old, left fo by the impetuosity of the stream, while others tottering and projecting over it, give the rudest appearance, and afford an addition to its simplicity: the interweaving of the branches of the trees above, from whence the foaming water seems to issue, is intirely romantic, and the gloom it throws around tints the dashing current with a peculiar brightness. It is impossible to describe this lovely scene as it deserves ; every spectator is ravished with its inimitable graces, and leaves it with regret.

The stranger will not forget before he retires from this inchanting recess, to take the walk up the path to the first water-fall; he will find it the rudest, the C 3


(26N most fimple, and the most captivating scene, that perhaps was ever formed, even by imagination.

Through an opening of the Woodhouse, the road ranges within the cool shade up the valley before mentioned, among an odd composition of briers, goss, and thorny bushes ; whether this is meant to give the place a more perfect air of natural wildness, or, as.likely, the effect of negligence, it in my opinion offends the eye, and should be considered as a blemith: if we are every where to carry, with us, the idea of a farm, as it is meant, it is unfardonable, because novenliness always reflects disgrace upon the poffeffor of the land.

A little further the scene becomes more chearful, by its extending, parts being engagingly blended' with the stately,


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