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ESHTON HALL AND ITS SURROUNDINGS. Among bold Craven's craggy hills,
In winding Aire's romantic dale, Where water unpolluted rills, And
near to Gargrave's lovely vale. On Eastern brow of hilly mound,
Stands generous Wilson's well-placed seat, With varied beauty all
around? A sylvan-sheltered, sweet retreat. At base of slope, a
babbling stream, Trout-haunted, beautifies the scene; Its purling
ripplings sparkling gleam, With ray of sun and moonlight sheen.
Tree-studded pastures large and fine, With sward in richest shade
of green, On which luxuriate the kine, Unconscious of their fate I
ween. Outskirted by food-yielding meads, ? Of yore the scene of
raid and pillage, ? And by a shady lane which leads To pleasant
rural stream-laved village. Sweet Eshton, spot art thou to love,
Which but to see is to admire; Where sports the hare and coos the
dove, And sings the joyous woodland choir. For thee hath Nature
done her part, And placed art thou near to the grand; Made
beautiful art thou by art, With waving woods, and cared-for land.
The heath-clad hills, so rudely wild, Give contrast to the cultured
dale, Whose bare and rocky heights up-piled Make lovelier look thy
verdant vale. Here seen are some of Nature's freaks: For shelter,
rears up easternward Bold Flasby Fell's fantastic peaks, That stand
like sentinels to guard. Those peaks, bleak-looking from below,
When Winter comes, and birds have flown, When capp'd with
glistening wreaths of snow, Will have a beauty of their own. From
terraced front, or sloping sward Of flower-decked lawn, or
leaf-bower'd seat, Are seen fine views, that claim regard, Of which
a painter well might treat. The fertile and the sterile blend; The
mountain, stream, g...
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