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What We recommend to the Practice of Others *; let Us, this very Night, begin to ennoble our Interviews with these improving Subjects. Let Us endeavour to inake religious Conversation, which is in all Respects desirable; in some Degree fafionable.
* Đi xe goes aidson xalantauvoi, #puptatootel 9 Xov • μεθα, α τους αλλους επιλαττομεν, ταυλα ελλιμπανούλες αυλού φανηναι.
Chryfoft. Avde. O.
S HE next Morning, when Breakfast
was over, Theron and Aspasio took a Walk into the Garden-Their Spirits cheared, and their Imagination lively
-Gratitude glowing in their Hearts, and the whole Creation smiling round them.
The Spot adjoining to the House, was appropriated to the Cultivation of Flowers. In a Variety of handsome Compartments, were assembled the choicest Beauties of blooming Nature. Here, the Hyacinth hung her silken Bells, or the Lilies reared their silver Pyramids. There, stood the neat Narcissus, loosely* attired in a Mantle of snowy Lustre; while the splendid Ranunculus wore a full-trimmed Suit of radiant Scarlet. Pinks were rising to enamel the Borders; Rofes were opening to dress the Walls; furrounded, on all Sides, with a Profusion of beauteous Forms, either latent in the Stalk, or bursting the Buds, or blown into full Expansion.
This was bounded by a flight Partition ; a Sort of verdant Parapet. Through which they descend by
lantle cold the healies reared ie Hyaciment
Hiantem Flore decore
an easy Flight of Steps; and are presented with the elegant Simplicity of the Kitchen-Garden.-In one Place, You might see the Marigold flowering, or the Beans in Blossoin. In another, the Endive curled her Leaves, or the Lettuce thickened her : Tufts. Cauliflowers fheltered their fair Complečtion, under a green Umbrella ; while the Borage dishevelled * her Locks, and braided them with native Jewels, of a finer Azure than the finest Sapphires.-On the funny Slopes, the Cucumber and Melon lay basking in the collected Beams. On the raised Beds, the Artichoke seemed to be erecting a Standard, while the Asparagus shot + into Ranks of Spears. The level Ground produced all Manner of cooling Sallets and nourishing Esculents. Which, like the Brows of the Olympic Conquerors, were bound with a Fillet of unfading Parley; or, like the Pictures of the Mountain-Nymphs, were graced with a Chaplet of fragrant Marjoram.--In fhort, nothing was wanting to furnish out the wholesome Luxury of an Antediluvian Banquet.
Soon, a high Wall intervenes. Through which a Wicket opens, and transmits them into the regular and equi-diftant Rows of an Orchard.-This Plantation is so nicely adjusted, that it looks like an Arrangement of rural Piazzaš, or a Collection of diverfified Vistas. The Eye is, every where, entertained with the exacteft Uniformity; and darts, with unob: . D 4
* Referring to the loose irregular Manner of its Fo. liation.
+ Alluding, not only to the Shape, but also to the Growth of this plant; which is so unusually quick, that it may almost be said to start, rather than to rise out of the Earth.
structed Ease, from one End of the branching Files to the other. On all the Boughs, lay a lovely Evolution of Blossoms; arrayed in milky White, or tinged with the softest Red. Crouding into one general Cluster, without relinquishing a vacant Space for Leaves, they formed the fairest, the gayest, the grandest Alcove, that Fancy itself can imagine.It is really like the Court of the Graces. None can approach it, without finding his Ideas brightened, and feeling his Temper exhilarated. . Contiguous to this correct Disposition of Things, Nature has thrown a Wilderness; hoary, grotesque, and magnificently confused. It stretched itself, with a large circular Sweep, to the North ; and secured both the Qlitory and the Orchard from incommoding Winds.-Copses of Hazel, and Aowering Shrubs, filled the lower Spaces. While Poplars quivered aloft in Air, and Pines pierced the Clouds with their leafy Spires. Here, grew Clumps of Fir, clad in everlasting Green. There, stood Groves of Oak, which had weathered, for Ages, the wintry Storm.
This woody Theatre, was intersected by a winding Walk; lined with Elms of insuperable Height. Whose Branches, uniting at the Top, reared a majestic Arch, and projected a solemn Shade. It was impossible to enter this lofty Labyrinth, without being struck with a pleasing Dread *. As they proceed, every Inflection diffufes a deeper Gloom, and awakens a more pensive Attention.
Having strolled in this darksome Avenue, without a Speck of Sunshine, without a Glimpse of the Heavens; on a sudden, they step into open Day.-Sur
prising! * Caligantem nigra Formidine Lucum.
prising! cries Aspaso. What a Change is this! What delightful Enchantment is Here !-One Inftant, whelmed in Trophonius's Cave *; where Darkness lours, and Horrour frowns. Transported, the next, into the romantic Scenes of Arcadia; where all is lightfome, and all is gay.-Quick as Thought t, the Arches of Heaven expand their Azure. Turrets and Spires shoot into the Skies. Towns, with their spacious Edifices, spread themselves to the admiring View. Those Lawns, green with freshest Herbage; those Fields, rich with undulating Corn; where were they all, a Moment ago?-It brings to my Mind that remarkable Situation of the Jewis Law-giver; when, elevated on the Summit of Pisgah, He surveyed the goodly Land of Promise-surveyed the Rivers, the Floods, the Brooks of Honey and Butter-surveyed the Mountains dropping with Wine, and the Hills flowing with
ist Suceat. Vor van improvilte it will be should are
* The Reader may find a curious Account of this Cave, together with a very humorous, and (which should always accompany Humour, or else it will be like a Sting without the Honey) an improving Description of its EFfects. Spect. Vol. VIII. N° 598, 599. .
+ Such a sudden Alteration of the Prospect, is beautifully described by Milton;
As when a Scout,". .
Obtains the Brow of some high-climbing Hill, · Which to his Eye discovers unaware
The goodly Prospect of some foreign Land,
i Mark II.