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of the Chureh above the Trees in the opposite Boundary.
That Nature's first beft Gift was Liberty. (The first line is from Thompson ; part of the second, and the whole of the third, from Mason).
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA. The design taken from a Doric Portico at Athens : in the centre of the back Wall is a Medallion of Flora, from the Antique, in white Marble, and under it this Inscription from Ariosto:
Vaghi boschetti di foavi Allori,
Cantando fe ne giano i Roslignoli.
Faunus would oft, as Horace sings,
WM. WHITEHEAD, ESQ.
Here universal Pan,
BUST OF VENUS. Thee, Goddess, thee the Clouds and Tempests fear, And at thy pleasing presence disappear: For thee the Land in fragrant Flow'rs is drefs’d.
DRYDEN, from Lucretius.
METASTASIO, THE BOWER, Is a square Building, twelve feet by ten, the Ceiling is coved, and the whole painted green: the Front is covered with a Treillage of the same colour, against which are planted Roses, Woodbines, Jessamines, and several kinds of Creepers, and appears like three 'Arches cut through the Shrubbery, within is a Cast of Cupid and Psyche from the Antique, and on a Tablet above the centre Arch are inscribed the following Verses..
Fair Quiet, have I found thee here,
See yonder what a change is made!
And that of Beauty are but one;
O ! if kind Pity steal on Virtue's Eye,
rise to emulate her Fame, And some faint Image of her worth restore, When those who now lam ent her are no more.
George Simon Harcourt, and the Hon. Elizabeth Vernon, Viscount and Viscountess Nuneham, erected this Urn in the year 1771, and William Whitehead, Esq. Poet-Laureat, wrote the Verses.
The CONSERVATORY, 50 feet by 15, is planted with Bergamont, Cedrati, Limoncelli, and Orange-Trees, of various kinds and sizes. In Summer, the Front, Sides, and Roof of the Building are entirely removed, and the Trees appear to stand in the natural Ground; the back Wall is covered with a Treillage, against which are planted Lemon, Citron, and Pomegranate Trees, intermixed with all the different sorts of Jeframines.
THE STATUE OF HEBE Terminates the principal Glade, and fronts the Temple of Flora. On the Pedestal are the following Verses :
Hebe, from thy cup divine,
And check the green Blood's ebbing tide,
Till Youth eternal like thine own prevail, Safe from the night's damp wing or day's insidious gale,
WM. WHITEHEAD, ESQ.
THE CHURCH Is a beautiful Building of the Ionic order, in the Qyle of an aniique Temple: it was, erected in the year 1764, at the fole expense of Sinon Earl of Harcourt, who gave the original Design, which afterwards received a small alteration from Mr. Stuart.
The principal Portico, which consists of fix Columns, has no communication with the Church, but ferves for a feat in the Garden ; the public Entrance is on the op- : pofite fide, and that to the Family Closet through the semicircular Portico, at the west end. The inside has been furnished and decorated by the present Earl, The Altar-piece, which represents the Parable of the good Samaritan, was designed and painted by Mr. Mafon.
The Piece of Tapestry at the west end (which is framed like a Picture) represents the Chiefs of the twelve Tribes of Israel at the Passover,
GRAND Flight of Steps, adorned with twa A
Lions on the Pedestals, lands us to the Portico, from whence we enter
The Pixtures are,
Over the Chimney is a curious Piece of Alto-Relievo, the Story of which is Darius's Tent: here are also eleven marble Busts, properly disposed; and a Statue of Narcissus.
THE DINING ROOM