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Page 232:-
Through Rydal's lake, with placid stream,
You, murmuring, in the valley gleam;
And, at the neighbouring water's fall,
Pass your Fleming's stately hall;
For, O 'tis your delight to boast
The falls down Rydal's mountains tost;
The high cascade[1], with dashing spray,
O'er rugged rocks maintains its way,
With stubbed trees, by storms despoil'd -
A scene most picturesquely wild,
Sublime the next cascade appears,
The lower, softer features wears.
Such scenes nor Poussin could, nor Claude,
In living canvas e'er afford;
For nature ev'ry effort tried
To form your Fleming's wat'ry pride.
- Nor be forgot thy force, Stock-gill,
Rushing from the shatter'd hill,
Down in frothy torrents tost,
Till in the dark abysm lost,
And foaming through the woody glen,
Thund'ring from rock to rock amain,
You seek a refuge in the plain.
O Rothay! yours, and Brathay's stream,
Enfold (Well worth the Muse's theme)
A spot where Art with Nature vies
To catch the enraptur'd poet's eyes.
But be it most his pride to tell,
There Elegance and Virtue dwell;
There Hospitality is found
Dealing delight to all around, /
[1] Besides the two cascades in the grounds of Sir Michael le Fleming, there is another higher up, which, when there is plenty of water, is well worth the notice of the picturesque traveller.
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