button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, page 112

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vol.1 p.112
regulating principle. I shall not be so precise as to say, what is the exact proportion of any elegant cascade. Nor is it necessary. The eye will easily see the enormity of disproportion, where it exists in any great degree: and that is enough. Thus when a mountain-cascade falls four or five hundred feet, and is perhaps scarce two yards broad; every eye must see the disproportion: as it will also, when the whole of some large river falls only two or three feet. Both would be more beautiful, if their falls held a nearer proportion to their quantities of water.
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