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"ESSAY ON THE PICTURESQUE.'
"Uvedale Price's Essay on the Picturesque, the most finished composition in the English language.”—Dr. Parr.
A MASTER mind, that Taste and Genius grace,
How light, where stands a tree of beauty plays,
How undulate the boughs in wavy pride,
As sweeps the light breeze o'er the river's tide :
In avenues, of which the pillar'd shade
Now, Uvedale, pour thy storm of satire down
Oaks that around their arms majestic throw,
MALVERN, October 10.
UVEDALE PRICE'S" ESSAY ON THE PICTURESQUE."
P. 247, 1. 5.
How light, where stands a tree of beauty plays.
"Take a single tree only, and consider it in this point of view. It is composed of millions of boughs, sprays and leaves intermixed with and crossing each other in as many directions, while through the various openings the eye still discovers new and infinite combinations; yet in this labyrinth of intricacy there is no unpleasant confusion: the general effect is as simple as the detail is complicate."-UVEDALE PRICE on the Picturesque, vol. i. p. 262.
P. 248, 1. 20.
Now, Uvedale, pour thy storm of satire down.
"It is to be regretted," says the amiable and highly gifted Sir Henry Stewart in his Planter's Guide (Note 13, page 411) "that Sir Uvedale Price in his valuable Essays on the Picturesque (probably the most powerful example of controversial writing and acute criticism in the language) should have somewhat lessened their effect by personal sarcasm and the bitterness of controversy. As to Brown, he has not, according to the vulgar phrase, left him the likeness of a dog;' and his conceit, his ignorance, his arrogance, his vanity, of all which Brown had his full share, are blazoned forth in the most glaring colours."