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Survey the wondrous Cures
And at each Step let higher Wonder rife.
Pardon for infinite Offence !- And Pardon
Through Means that speak its Value infinite!
A Pardon bought with Blood!--Witb Blood divine!
With Blood divine of HIM, I made my Foe!
Persisted to provoke !Though woo'd and awd,
Bleft and chastis'd, a flagrant Rebel ftill!
Nor I alone! A rebel Universe! :
My Species up in Arms !--Not one exempt !
Yet for the fouleft of the Foul, He dies *!

• Night-Thoughts, N• IV.


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SPASIO, having some Letters of A Importance to answer, as soon as the

Cloth was taken away, retired from

Table. His epistolary Engagements

*s being dispatched, he enquired for Theron. The Servants informed Him, that their Mafter walked into the Garden. -A very little Search found Him, seated on an airy Mount, and sheltered by an elegant Arbour.

Strong and substantial Plants of Liburnum formed the Shell; while the slender and flexile Shoots of Syringa filled up the Interftices.-Was it to compliment, as well as to accommodate their worthy Guests, that the Shrubs interwove the luxuriant Foliage? Was it to represent those tender but close Attachments, which had united their Affections, and blended their Interests ? -I will not too positively ascribe such a Design to the Disposition of the Branches. They composed, however, by their twiping Embraces, no inexpressive Emblem of the Endearments and the Advantages of Friendship. They composed a Canopy, of the freshest Verdure,

and and of the thickeft Texture. So thiek, that it end tirely excluded the fultry Ray *; and shed both a cool Refreshment, and an amufive Gloom: while every unfheltered Tract, glared with Light, or fainted with Heat.

You enter by an easy Ascent of Steps, lined with Turf, and fenced with a Balustrade of hoping Baytrees.--The Roof was a fine Concave, peculiarly elevated and stately. Not embossed with Sculpture; not mantled over with Fret-work; but far more delicately adorned with the Syringa's silver Tufts, and the Liburnum's flowering Gold. Whofe large and lovely Clusters, gracefully pendent froin the leafy Dome; disclosing their Sweets to the delighted Bee; and gently waving to the balmy Breath of Spring; gave the utmost Enrichment to the charm ing Bower.

Facing the Entrance, lay a spacious grally Walk; terminated by an octangular Bafon, with a curious Jet d'Eau playing in the Center. The Waters, spins ning from the lower Orifices, were attenuated into innumerable little Threads; which dispersed themselves in an horizontal Direction, and returned 19 the Reservoir in a drizling Shower. Those, which issued from the higher Tubes, and larger Apertures, either sprung perpendicularly, or spouted obliquelyi and formed, as they fell, several lofty Arches of liquid Crystal ; all glittering on the Eye, and coole ing to the Air.

. Parallel to the Walk ran a Parterre; planted with an Assemblage of Flowers. Which advanced, one above another, in regular Gradations of Height, of Dignity, and of Beauty.-- Firft a Row of Daikes;

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gay as the Smile of Youth, and fair as the Virgin Snows.-Next, a Range of Crocuses, like a long · Stripe of yellow Sattin, quilted with Threads, or diversified with Sprigs of Green.-A superior Order of Ranunculufes, each resembling the Cap of an Earl's Coronet, replenished the third Story with full-blown Tufts of glofsy Scarlet.-Beyond this, a more elevated Line of Tulips *, raised their

, . flourished

* Here is, it must be confessed, some little Deviation from the general Laws of the Season ; fome Anachronism in the Annals of the Parterre. The Flowers united in this Representation, do not, according to the usual Process of Nature, make their Appearance together. However, as by the Oeconomy of a skilful Gardener, they may be thus associated; I hope, the Possibility of the Thing, will screen my flowery Productions from the Blafts of Censure !-Or, may I not shelter my blooming Allembly, under the Remark of a masterly Critic Which is as pertinent to the Case, as if it had been written on purpose for our Vindication ; and in all respects so elegant, that it must adorn any Work, which quotes it ; and charm every Person, who reads it.

" A Painter of Nature is not obliged to attend Her in “ her slow Advances, which she makes from one Season « to another; or to observe her Conduct in the successive « Production of Plants and Flowers. He may draw into “ his Description all the Beauties of the Spring and Au“ tumn; and make the whole Year contribute something

to render it more agreeable. His Rose-trees, Wood• bines, and Jeffamines may flourish together; and his “ Beds be covered at the same Time with Lilies, Violets, " and Amaranthufes. His Soil is not restrained to any " particular Şet of Plants, but is proper either for Oaks is or Myrtles, and adapts itself to the Product of every “ Climate: -Oranges may grow wild in it; Myrrh may «. be met with in every Hedge; and if He thinks it. pro“ per to have a Grove of Spices, He can quickly com* mand Sun enough to raise it. His Concerts of Birds « may be as full and harmonious, and his Woods as

" thick

flourished Heads, and opened their enameled Cups; not bedecked with a single Tint only, but glowing · with an intermingled Variety of radiant Hues. Above all arose, that noble Ornament of a royal Escutcheon, the Flower-de-Luce; bright with etherial Blue, and grand with imperial Purple. Which formed, by its graceful Projections, a Cornish or a Capital of more than Corinthian Richness; and imparted the most consummate Beauty to the blooming Colonade. ... The Whole, viewed from the Arbour, looked .like a Rainbow, painted upon the Ground. And wanted nothing to rival that resplendent Arch, only the Boldness of its Sweep, and the Advantage of its ornamental Curve.

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To this agreeable Recess Theron had withdrawn Himself. Here He fát mufing and thoughtful; with his Eye fixed upon a Picture, representing some magnificent Ruins.—Wholly intent upon his Specu-lation, He never perceived the Approach of Aspalio; till He had reached the Summit of the Mount, and was ready to take a Seat by his Şide...

“ thick and gloomy, as He pleases. He is at no more “ Expence in a long Vifta, than a fhort one; and can as 66 easily throw his Cascades from a Precipice of half a 6. Mile high, as from one of twenty Yards. He has his “ Choice of the Winds, and can turn the Course of his “ Rivers, in all the Variety of Mæanders, that are most “ delightful to the Reader's Imagination. In a Word; “ He has the Modeling of Nature in his own Hands, “ and may give Her what Charms He pleases, provided “ He does not reform her too much, and run into Ab• surdities by endeavouring to excel.” .

Spect. Vol. VI. No 418.

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