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Consult the Genius of the Place in all; That tells the Waters or to rise, or fall; Or helps th’ambitious Hill the heav'ns to scale, Or scoops in circling theatres the Vale; Calls in the Country, catches op’ning glades, Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades; Now breaks or now directs, th’intending Lines; Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs.

Still follow Sense, of ev'ry Art the Soul, 65 Parts answ'ring parts shall side into a whole, Spontaneous beauties all around advance, Start ev’n from Difficulty, ftrike from Chance; Nature hall join you; Time shall make it grow A Work to wonder at-perhaps a Stow. 70

Without it, proud Versailles ! thy glory falls; And Nero's Terraces defert their walls :

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NOTES. VER. 66. Parts an- ously fitted, as to be eafily fwiring parts shall slide in- put together by any ordito a whole,] i.e. shall not nary workman: and each be forced, but go of them- part fides into its place, as selves; as if both the parts it were thro' a groove ready and whole were not of yours, made for that purpose. but of Nature's making. The Ver. 70. The feat and metaphor is taken from a gardens of the Lord Visa piece of mechanism finished count Cobham in Buckingby some great master, where hamshire. P. all the parts are so previ- | VER. 72. And Nero's

The vast Parterres a thousand hands shall make,
Lo! COBHAM comes, and floats them with a Lake :
Or cut wide views thro' Mountains to the Plain, 75
You'll wish your hill or shelter'd seat again.
Ev'n in an ornament its place remark,
Nor in an Hermitage set Dr Clarke.

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Terraces de fert their walls:] on whom it is bestowed, as The expression is very fig- making him the substitute of nificant. Had the Walls Good Sense. - This office, been said to defert the Ter in the original plan of the races, this would have given poem, was given to another us the image of a destruc- Man of Taste; who not tion, effected by time only; having the sense to see which had been foreign to a compliment was intended the poet's intention ; who is him, convinced the poet it here speaking of the punish did not belong to him. ment of unsupported Taste, Ver. 75, 76. in the designed subversion of wide views thro? Mountains it, either by good or bad, as to the Plain, You'll wish it happens ; one of which is your hill or felter'd reat fure to do its business, and again.] This was done in that foon; therefore it is Hertfordshire, by a wealthy with great propriety he says, citizen, at the expence of that the Terraces defert their above 5000 l. by which walls, which implies pur- means (merely to overlook pose and violence in their a dead plain) he let in the subversion.

north wind upon his house Ver. 74. Lo! COBHAM and parterre, which were comes, and floats them with before adorned and defend. a Lake : ] An high compli- ed by beautiful woods. P. ment to the noble person Ver.78.-JetDr Clarke.]

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Behold Villario's ten-years toil compleat ; His Quincunx darkens, his Espaliers meet ; 80 The Wood supports the Plain, the parts unite, And strength of Shade contends with strength of

Light;
A waving Glow the bloomy beds display,
Blushing in bright diversities of day,
With silver-quiv'ring rills mæander'd o'er 85
Enjoy them, you! Villario can no more;
Tir'd of the scene Parterres and Fountains yield,
He finds at last he better likes a Field,
Thro' his young Woods how pleas'd Sabinus

stray'd,
Or fat delighted in the thick’ning shade,
With annual joy the red'ning shoots to greet,
Or see the stretching branches long to meet !
His Son's fine Taste an op'ner Vista loves,
Foe to the Dryads of his Father's groves ;

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Dr S. Clarke's busto placed the grove in bloom, give by the Queen in the Hermi- several different tints to the tage, while the Dr duely lights and shades. frequented the Court. P. Ver.'94. Foe to the Dry

VER. 84. Blushing in ads of his Father's groves ;) bright diversities of day,] Finely intimating, by this 3.6. The several colours of I sublime clasical image, that

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One boundless Green, or flourish'd Carpet views,
With all the mournful family of Yews ;
The thriving plants ignoble broomsticks made,
Now sweep those Alleys they were born to shade.

At Timon's Villa let us pass a day, ·
Where all cry out, “What sums are thrown away!"

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the Father's taste was enthu- 'this was the good man's fiaftical; in which passion case. But his Son's was a there is always fomething poor despicable fuperftition, great and noble ; tho' it be a low sombrous passion, too apt, in its flights, to whose perversity of Taste leave Jense behind it: and could only gratify itself

With all the mournful family of rews. Ver. 95. The two ex- 1 ( particularly Yews, which tremes in parterres, which are the most tonfile) as to are equally faulty ; a bound destroy the nobler Forestless Green, large and naked trees, to make way for such as a field, or a flourish'd Car. I little ornaments as Pyramids pet, where the greatness and of dark green continually nobleness of the piece is lef- repeated, not unlike a Fufened by being divided into neral procession. P. too many parts, with scrollid Ver. 99. At Timon's works and beds, of which Villa ) This description is the examples are frequent. intended to comprize the P.

principles of a false Taste Ver. 96.-mournful fa- of Magnificence, and to exmily of Yews;] Touches up-emplify what was said beon the ill taste of those who fore, that nothing but Good are fo fond of Ever-greens Sense can attain it. P.

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So proud, fo grand; of that ftupendous air,
Soft and Agreeable come never there.
Greatness, with Timon, dwells in such a draught
As brings all Brobdignag before your thought.
To compass this, his building is a Town, 105
His pond an Ocean, his parterre a Down :
Who but must laugh, the Master when he fees,
A puny insect, shiv'ring at a breeze !
Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!
The whole, a labour'd Quarry above ground. IIQ
Two Cupids squirt before: a Lake behind
Improves the keenness of the Northern wind.
His Gardens next your admiration call,
On ev'ry side you look, behold the Wall !
No pleasing Intricacies intervene,

115. No artful wildness to perplex the scene;

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VER. 104.-all Brobdig- | body, but the foul of the nag] A region of giants in work: when the soul there the fatires of Gulliver. fore is loft or incumber'd

Ver. 109. Lo! what huge in its invelope, the unaniheaps of littleness around,] mated parts, how huge fo. Grandeur in building, as in ever, are not members of the human frame, takes not grandeur, but mere heaps of its denomination from the littleness.

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