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liveliest verdure, intermixing, and overarched, by the leaflefs arms of the stately grove, luxuriantly powdered by the hoar frost, made it, with the isicles hanging in a thousand grotesque forms, from the interstices of the moss-grown rocks, inexprefsibly delightful.--To render the scene still more enchanting, a lonely red-breast (not uncommon) warbled his winter note in all the gaiety of the spring.
From a bench, under another majestic oak, after rising the declivity of this embosomed recefs, an opening discovers a portico, supported by rustic pillars, on a steep ascent, surrounded by the noblest grove in the park ; and still pursuing the winding path, under the shade of spacious trées, interspersed with a multitude of smaller ones, an urn fhews itfelf on a bank within the bosom of the vale, looking down a piece of water, unbounded every way by the woods dedicated
To the Memory of WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Éfq;
In whose verses
And in whose manners
Of pastoral poetry,
Of the elegiac.
Turning from hence to the left, on the fides of a deep glen full of coppice trees, and others, the Rotunda appears to great advantage, upon a brow surrounded by lawn, and tall trees, dropped irregular fingle, or in groupes; and this beautiful object in the midst has a charming effect. The rural walk ftill leads along the shady fides of the folitary dell, and upon the back of a seat, under the branches of a noble oak, are these lines :
Inter cuncta leges, et precunctabere doctos,
That That is,
Consult the wisdom of each
The path now crosses the deep glen, and leads to the favourite spot of one of the greatest of geniuses, and first of English poets. It is a chearful, copious, irregular lawn, surrounded entirely by rich hanging woods. Mr. Pope, who had the honor of an intimate acquaintance with his Lordship, was always delighted with the situation of this quiet and sequestered recess: he used to call it his favourite ground, and it is here his noble friend
has erected an urn, as a monument to his memory, with this inscription :
A L E X A N DR O POPE.
Sacred to the memory
Of English Poets ;
The fevereft fatyrist of vice,
Ann. Dom. 1744.
From this charming recess, the ascent becomes bold and steep, but not disagreeably fo; winding among the stately trees, where the busy rook, in fecurity, caws his rural note; a ruin displays itself in great beauty, and we Clent hills, rearing their
fir-decked heads above, crown the striking landscape.
Upon the first sight of
One cannot help being struck with its ap. pearance, and lament that the mouldering power of time should thus wantonly destroy it.
But on a nearer approach up the steep hill, we find it a useful modern structure, built for a keeper's lodge, and fo disposed, as to make it a capital object from the several seats in the park, calculated in some measure to let it in.
This venerable pile is very judiciously situated on a bold eminence, and come mands, particularly from the top of one of the turrets which is left intire, a noble and unbounded prospect. To keep the design in its purity, the maffy stones which have tumbled from the ruinous walls, are suffered to lie about the different parts of