An Essay on Design in Gardening: First Published in MDCCLXVIII : Now Greatly Augmented : Also a Revisal of Several Later Publications on the Same Subject

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B. and J. White, 1795 - Gardens - 215 pages
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Page 15 - GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a Garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which buildings and palaces are but gross...
Page 32 - Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose: Another side, umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess, o'er which the mantling vine Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps Luxuriant; meanwhile murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills, dispersed, or in a lake, That to the fringed bank with myrtle crowned Her crystal mirror holds, unite their streams.
Page 43 - mighty" woods hardly belong, to him.) Into that forest far they thence him led, Where was their dwelling, in a pleasant glade With mountains round about environed; And mighty woods which did the valley shade And like a stately theatre it made, Spreading itself into a spacious plain ; And in the midst a little river play'd Amongst the pumy stones, which seem'd to plain With gentle murmur, that his course they did restrain.
Page 48 - ... there may be other forms wholly irregular, that may, for aught I know, have more beauty than any of the others; but they must owe it to some extraordinary dispositions of nature in the seat, or some great race of fancy or judgment in the contrivance, which may reduce many disagreeing parts into some figure, which shall yet, upon the whole, be very agreeable.
Page 46 - Rose a fresh Fountain, and with many a rill Water'd the Garden ; thence united fell Down the steep glade, and met the nether Flood...
Page 43 - Theflalian vale. Into a foreft far they thence him led, Where was their dwelling in a pleafant glade, With mountains round about invironed. And mighty woods that did the valley fhade, And like a ftately theatre it made, Spreading itfelf into a fpacious plain.
Page 48 - ... yet upon the whole be very agreeable. Something of this I have seen in some places, but heard more of it from others who have lived much among the Chineses; a people whose way of thinking seems to lie as wide of ours in Europe, as their country does.
Page 68 - Strewed with pleasances ; whose fair grassy ground, Mantled with green, and goodly beautified With all the ornaments of Flora's pride, Wherewith her mother Art, as half in scorn Of niggard Nature, like a pompous bride, Did deck her, and too lavishly adorn, When forth from virgin bow'r she comes in th
Page 104 - ... understood, and possibly the most difficult to be accomplished ; 'tis analogous to what is called keeping under in painting : by some parts being seemingly neglected, the succeeding are more strikingly beautiful. The effect of this management is very apparent at the LEASOWES. . . . districts, a stranger might imagine they were calculated for a race of LILLIPUTIANS. Are their shade, their ponds, or their islands proportionable to common mortals ? Their winding walks — such as no human foot-step...
Page 209 - Pity this fond, this foolish weakness in me ! " Methinks, I go like our first wretched father, " When from his blissful garden he was driven : " Like me he went despairing, and like me, " Thus at the gate stopt short for one last view !

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