Page:A tour through the northern counties of England, and the borders of Scotland - Volume I.djvu/277

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back walk, which opens a view to the left of the half-moon water, and the canal, (names expressive of their disgusting forms) backed by a proud bank of shade, out of whose bosom the upper members of a Gothic tower discover themselves. A cast from the antique, (two contending Gladiators) forms one of the ornaments of the little plat of turf on this side the canal; whilst to the right the eye is prevented from excursion by a lofty wooded bank, darkened with firs, the favourite tree of the spot, some of which are one hundred and eighteen feet high. Another opening, a little further on to the left, lets in a pretty Doric building, the temple of Piety, and a circular pond, under the tutelage of Neptune, whose figure is seen in the centre of it. The same grand back of wood as before frowns over its surface. The roar of an invisible cascade now excites attention, and we are prepared to see a body of water thrown down from a considerable height, and forcing an interrupted passage through opposing rocks; but, "parturiunt montes" the wished-for scene is opened, and on reaching the bath we discover a little formal fall, produced by the waters of the upper canal seeking to unite themselves with those of the lower. Two casts from the antique, a dying Gladiator, and Hercules and Antæus, introduce themselves into this picture.