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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 slide into a whole, Spontaneous beauties all around advance, Start ev’n from Difficulty, strike from Chance; Nature shall 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 desert their walls :
Notes. VER. 66. Parts an- ously fitted, as to be eafily fou'ring parts fall slide in- put together by any ordito a whole,] i.e. shall not nary workman: and each be forced, but go of them- part slides 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 seat 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,
Terraces defert 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 desert 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 Tafie,
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 bill or Melter'd seat sure 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.
upon his house VER. 74. Lo! COBHAM and parterre, which were comes, and floats them with before adorned and defend. a Lake :) An high complied by beautiful woods. P. ment to the noble person VER.78.-fetDr Clarke.]
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
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 96
One boundless Green, or flourish'd Carpet views,
At Timon's Villa let us pass a day, ·
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 something 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.
So proud, fo grand; of that ftupendous air,
115. No artful wildness to perplex the scene;
VER. 104.-all Brobdig. | body, but the foul of the nag] A region of giants in work: when the soul therethe 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.