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Seite 4 - We are indeed so often conversant with one set of objects, and tired out with so many repeated shows of the same things, that whatever is new or uncommon contributes a little to vary human life, and to divert our minds, for a while, with the strangeness of its appearance. It serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of, in our usual and ordinary entertainments.
Seite 3 - On the contrary, a spacious horizon is an image of liberty, where the eye has room to range abroad, to expatiate at large on the immensity of its views, and to lose itself amidst the variety of objects that offer themselves to its observation. Such wide and undetermined prospects are as pleasing to the fancy as the speculations of eternity or infinitude are to the understanding.
Seite 4 - It is this that bestows charms on a monster, and makes even the imperfections of nature please us. It is this that recommends variety, where the mind is every instant called off to something new, and the attention not suffered to dwell too long, and waste itself on any particular object; it is this, likewise, that improves what is great or beautiful, and makes it afford the mind a double entertainment.
Seite 253 - E'en the rough rocks with tender myrtle bloom, And trodden weeds fend out a rich perfume. Bear me, fome God, to Baia's gentle feats, Or cover me in Umbria's green retreats; Where weftern gales eternally refide, And all the feafons lavifh all their pride; Blofibms, and fruits, and flowers together rife, And the whole year in gay confufion lies.
Seite 3 - Our imagination loves to be filled with an object, or to grasp at any thing that is too big for its capacity. We are flung into a pleasing astonishment at such unbounded views, and feel a delightful stillness and amazement in the soul at the apprehension of them.
Seite 4 - ... on any particular object. It is this, likewise, that improves what is great or beautiful, and makes it afford the mind a double entertainment. Groves, fields, and meadows are at any season of the year pleasant to look upon, but never so much as in the opening of the spring, when they are all new and fresh with their first gloss upon them, and not yet too much accustomed and familiar to the eye. For this...
Seite 5 - We are quickly tired with looking upon hills and valleys, where every thing continues fixed and settled in the same place and posture, but find our thoughts a little agitated and relieved at the sight of such objects as are ever in motion, and sliding away from beneath the eye...
Seite 112 - Account I can give of it in a few Words, 'is, that 'tis a beautiful Irregularity, here a Dale, there a Mount, here a winding Valley, there a purling Stream, &c. And indeed the Quantity of Water which abounds here, and plentifully...
Seite 6 - Error of its natural Avenues and Meanders. . . . And to the End that he may know the better, how to make the best use of natural Advantage, he ought to make himself Master of all Rural Scenes : And the Writings of the Poets on this Subject, will give him considerable Hints, for in Design the Designer as well as the Poet should take as much Pains in forming his Imagination, as a Philosopher in cultivating his Understanding.
Seite 44 - Supposition; if his Grounds were handsomly divided by Avenues and Hedges; and if the little Walks and Paths that ought to run through and betwixt them, were made either of Gravel or Sand; and if there were Trees for Shades with little Walks and purling Streams, mix'd and incorporated one with another, what cou'd be more diverting ? And why, is not a level easy Walk of Gravel or Sand shaded over with Trees, and running thro...