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V E N U S.
Thee, goddess, thee the clouds and tempests fear,
And at thy pleasing presence disappear:
For thee the land in fragrant flow'rs is dress’d.

DRYDEN, from Lucretius.

• In which is the following Inscription.
Fair Quiet, have I found thee here,
With innocence thy fifter dear !
Mistaken long, I sought thee then,
In busy companies of men :
Your facred plants, at length I know,
Will only in retirement grow.
Society is all but rude,
To this delicious folitude,
Where all the trees and flowrets close,
To weave the garland of repose. .


On one fide a Bust of CATO, of Utica,
A’ce nom saint, & auguste, tout ami de la vertu
Doit mettre le front dans la poussiere, & honorer
En silencé la memoire du plus grane des hommes.

On the other,
A Bust of J. J. ROUSSE A U.
Say, is thy honest heart to virtue warm !
Can genius animate thy feeling breast !
Approach, behold this venerable form ;
Tis Rousseau ! let thy bosom speak the rest.


See friend, in some few fleeting hours,

See yonder what a change is made!.
Ah me! the blooming pride of May,

And that of beauty, are but one ;
At morn, both flourish bright and gay,

Both fade at evening, pale and gone.


• The U RN,'

Sacred to the memory of Frances Poole, Viscountess Palmerston,

Here shall our ling'ring footsteps oft be found,
This is Her shrine, and consecrates the ground.
Here living sweets around her altar rise,
And breathe perpetual incense to the skies.

Here too the thoughtless and the young may tread,
Who Thun the drearier mansions of the dead;
May here be taught what worth the world has known.
Her wit, her sense, her virtues were her own;
To her peculiar-and for ever loft
To those who knew, and therefore lov'd her moft.

0! if kind pity steal on virtue's eye,
Check not the tear, nor stop the useful figh;
From soft humanity's ingenuous flame
A wish may rise to emulate her fame,
And some faint image of her worth restore, i
When those, who now lament her, are no more.

Ge. S". Harcourt, and the Hon. Eliz. Vernon, Vice, and Victrs. Nuneham, erected this urn in the year 1771. Wm. Whitehead, Esq. Poet Laureat, wrote the Verses,

On the right side of the Garden,
back'd by a Plantation of Shrubs,

is a Buft of LOCKE,
Who made the whole internal world his own,
Who Mew'd confefs’d to reason's purged eye,
That nature's first best gift was liberty.

The CONSERVATORY, Fifty feet by fifteen, is planted with bergamot, ced. rati, limoncelli, and orange trees of various kinds and fizes. In summer, the front, fides, and roof of the building are entirely removed, and the trees appear 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 diferent forts of jeffamines.

The Statue of HEBE terminates the principal glade, and fronts the temple of Flora : it is backed by a large clump of thrubs, which forms a collection of all such ever-greens as flourish in the open air. On the pedeftral of the ftatue are the following verses :

Hebe, from thy cup divine,
Shed, O! shed, nectarequs dews,
Here o’er Nature's living shrine,
Th' inmortal drops diffuse :
Here while every bloom's display'd,
Shining fair in vernal Pride,
Catch the colours e'er they fade,
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



House and Gardens at STOW,

The SEAT of Th

Ion. the Earl TEMPLE.

Grand Flight of Steps, designed by Signor Borra, A ornamented with Balustrades, leads us to

The SALOON, W H ICH is a grand Apartment hung with

MV Tapestry, representing the Functions of the Cavalry. The Dimensions of this Room are 43 Feet by 22 ; the Furniture is Crimson, ornamented with two Marble Bufts, a rich Cabinet, and fine China Jars,

1. A Landscape.
2. A Flower-piece.
3. A Fruit-piece.

The H A L L. Dia T HIS is a spacious Room, 36 Feet by 22 and i 1 half, designed and painted by Kent. It's Cieling is enriched with the Signs of the Zodiac ; and the Walls are adorned with Feftoons of Flowers, &c.

Over the Chimney is a curious Piece of Alto Re. lievo, the Story of which is Darius's Tent: Here are also eleven Marble Bufts, properly disposed, and a Statue of Narcisus.

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TS a well proportioned Apartment, 30 feet by 21, in
1 which are the following Paintings, viz.

Two large Landscapes, by Orizonti.
Two fmall ditto, by Loten.

A Dancing at the Duke of Mantua's Marriage, by

A Landscape, by Claude Lorrain. "
A small ditto of Acis and Galatea, by Milé.
À large Picture of young Bacchanals.
A Sea Port, by a Flemiso Mafter.
A Landscape with Figures and Cattle, by. Basan.
A Landscape, with a Mill.
Vulcan, and Venus.
The Marriage at Cana, by Basan.
Mofes burying the Ægyptian, by Pouffin.

A Bed. Chamber, with two, Drefling Rooms.,
T HE Hangings, Bed, and Farniture of this

[ Apartment are rich Crimson ; and over the Chimney is a full length Portrait of the late Countess of Dorset.

In the first Drefling Room, a piece of Still Life over the Chimney.

In the Second, a fine Cabinet, and over the Chimney, Prince Henry, at full length.

The Grand. STAIR CASE.
T HIS Stair Case is ornamented with Iron Work,

and enriched with three Cieling-pieces, painted by Sclater, viz.

1. Justice and Peace.
2. Fame and Victory,
3. Plenty and Conftancy.
The Walls are adorned with military Pieces.

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