From this place1 we went to the Leasowes, where while Mr Johnson & Mr Thrale went up to have a nearer View of the Waterfall, I sat by the Root House, and wrote the following Verses…
To Shenstone in his Grot retired
My truest praise I’ll pay:
And view with just Contempt inspired
The glitter of the Gay.
From Keddlestone’s offensive Glare
From Chatsworth’s proud Cascade;
From artful Hagley I repair
To thine and Nature’s Shade.
When Rubens thus too fiercely burns,
When Lucan glows with Rage:
The Soul to softer Guido turns
Or Virgil’s pastoral Page.
Written by Hester Lynch Thrale. Thraliana entry dated Aug to Sept 1777.
|Hester Lynch Thrale née Salusbury
1741 - 2 May 1821
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