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Page 81:-
here into a broad bason, discover in the midst Grasmere water, its margin is hollowed into small bays, with eminences; some of rock, some of soft turf, that half conceal and vary the figure of the little lake they command: from the shore, a low promontory pushes itself far into the water, and on it stands a white village, with a parish church rising in the midst of it; hanging inclosures, corn fields, and meadows, green as an emerald, with their trees, and hedges, and cattle, fill up the whole space from the edge of the water; and just opposite you, is a large farm house, at the bottom of a steep smooth lawn, embosomed in old woods, which climb half way up the mountains' sides, and discover above, a broken line of crags, that crown the scene. Not a single red tile, no staring gentleman's house, break in upon the repose of this little unsuspected paradice (sic); but all is peace, rusticity and happy poverty, in its neatest, most becoming attire [1].'
  station, Loughrig Fell
Mr. Gray's description is taken from the road descending from Dunmail-raise. But the more advantageous station, to view this romantic vale from, is on the south end of the western side. Proceed from Ambleside
[1] The whole of Mr. Gray's journal is given in the Addenda, Article III.
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