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fpreading trees. A bench here is inscribed to Mr. Dodfley.

Come then my friend, thy sylvan taste display,
Come hear thy Faunus * tune his rustic lay ;
Ah! rather come, and in these dells difown
The care of other's strains, and tune thine own.

This circular feat is within a knot of young oaks, and looks down the rural valley, finely wooded on each side, and closed by the grove running down into the bottom.

From this agreeable retreat, the walk gently descends under the sheltering arms of some large beeches, crosses the dale, and precipitately wanders up the other fide, to an obscure corner, where another Seat has these lines,

* Alluding to the statue behind the seat.

me gelidum nemus, Nympharumque leves cum fatyris chori,

S&cernänt populo-
That is,

Be mine, amid the breezy grove,
In facred folitude to rove ;
To see the nymphs and fatyrs bound,
Light dancing thro' the mazy ground.

FRANCIS

Here a fine opening amongst the trees, rising and closing the lovely valley, dif. covers a solitary urn, dedicated to the brother of Mr. Sbenstone ; and a little further is a seat which takes in one of the most picturesque views in the whole farm : it looks immediately down the dell, catching the priory in all its beauty, between the spreading branches of the lofty trees; this building is only a simple cottage, dressed

up

in the form of a small ruin, which the first generous poffeffor of the grounds gave, as a calm retreat, to old age, and indigence: it has from hence most striking appearance, and the bold

church

church-like gothic windows, give it a solemn air, and add a graceful luftre to the groves and fields which surround it. The ground about this place is finely diversified with gentle fwells, and deep winding falls; the trees appear dropped by the hand of nature; every object has its charms, and the whole is perfectly pleasing.

The urn is thus inscribed *.

FRATRI EJUS UNICO,
FRATRUM AMANTISSIMO,

JUVENUM SUAVISSIMO,
HOMINUM INTEGERRIMO.

MDCCLII.

That is,

To his only brother,
The most affectionate of brothers,
The most amiable of youths,
The inoft honeft of men.

1752.

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On

*The first side is so defaced, it is not legible.

On another side,

POSTQUAM TE FATA TULERUNT, SPSA PALES AGROS ATQUE IPSE RELIQUIT APOLLO

That is,

Thee whom the fates in anger snatch'd away,
Pales, nor Phæbus deign'd a longer ftay.

WARTON

From hence the ascent soon becomes exceeding bold, and the large swelling lawn is a striking object : wearied with many a tiresome slep, a pleafing relief is offered by a feat, from whence the prospect is fo endearing,' that the toil in climbing up to it, is remembered no more. This scene is not so extensive as in the higher parts of the farm ; but it is so happily. blended with every thing the eye can with for, that nothing seems wanting to compleat it. Brierly Hill Chapel, opposite, about six miles diftant, is a strong object; and the rich country round it so surprizingly diversified, with woods, hills, vallies, and houfes, that it is imposible to look,

and

änd not be charmed with its beauties. The lines upon this seat are read with great pleasure by every one who fees them :

Shepherd, wouldlt thou here obtain
Pleasure unalloy'd with pain ?
Joy that suits the rural sphere?
Gentle shepherd lend an ear.

Learn to relish calm delight,
Verdant vales and fountains bright;
Trees that nod on floping hills,
Caves that eccho tiņkling rills,

If thou canst no charm disclose,
In the fimplest bud that blows;
Go! forsake the plain and fold,
Join the croud and toil for gold,

Tranquil pleasures never cloy,
Banish each tumultuous joy,
All but love--for love inspires,
Fonder wishes, warmer fires,

Love and all its joys be thine,
Yet e'er thou the reins resign,
Hear what reason seems to say,
Hear attentive and obey,

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