Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772: On Several Parts of England ...

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R. Blamire, Strand, 1786 - Cumberland (England)
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Page 173 - If chance the radiant sun with farewell sweet Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Page 57 - Great Nature scorns control : she will not bear One beauty foreign to the spot or soil She gives thee to adorn : 'tis thine alone To mend, not change her features.
Page 100 - Dread thro' the dun expanfe ; fave the dull found That from the mountain, previous to the ftorm, Rolls o'er the muttering earth, difturbs the flood, And fhakes the foreft-leaf without a breath.
Page 40 - ... point, of the noble pile it inverts. The armour, and tilting fpear of the celebrated Guy, earl of Warwick, a rib of the dun cow, and other monuments of the prowefs of that hero, are fhewn at the porter's lodge. Thefe remains, (tho fictitious, no doubt,) are not improper appendages of the place ; and give the imagination a kind of tinge, which throws an agreeable, romantic colour on all the veftiges of this venerable pile.
Page 148 - Rural confufion ! on the graffy bank Some ruminating lie ; while others ftand Half in the flood, and, often bending, fip The circling furface. In the middle droops The ftrong laborious ox, of honeft front, 490 Which incompos'd he fhakes ; and from his fides The troublous infefts lafhes with his tail, Returning ftill.
Page 28 - What made Vanbrugh ridiculous, was, his applying to fmall houfes, a ftyle of architecture, which could not poffibly fucceed, but in a large one. In a fmall houfe, where the grandeur of a whole cannot be attempted, the eye is at leifure to contemplate parts, and meets with frequent occafion of difguft. This immenfe pile ftands in the middle of an extenfive park. The fituation is, in general, flat. A lawn, proportioned to the houfe...
Page xxix - But he may certainly break an ill-formed hillock ; and fhovel the earth about him, as he pleafes, without offence. He may pull up a piece of awkward paling — he may throw down a cottage...
Page 229 - We found the mountains fo over-hung with clouds, that we could form little judgment of their height. Our guide told us, they were twice as high as we could fee: which however we did not believe from the obfervations we were able to make, as the clouds, at intervals, floated paft ; and difcovered, here and there, the fhadowy forms of the rocky fummits.
Page 87 - ... fome degree it is generally found in thofe mountains, where it prevails. In the late voyages round the world, publifhed by Dr. Hawkfworth, we have an account of the great beauty of the colouring obferved on the peak of Teneriffe. " It's appearance at " fun-fet, fays the author, was very finking.
Page 15 - Englifh architect however began, by degrees, to ftrike out a new mode of architecture for himfelf ; without fearching the continent for models. This is called the Gothic ; but for what reafon, it is hard to fay : for the Goths, who were never in England, had been even forgotten, when it was invented; which was about the reign of Henry II. It is befides found no where, I believe, but in England; except in fuch parts of France, as were in poffeffion of the Engli/h.

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