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and agreeable masses, which may decorate the surface, is so creat, that where the place will not adnit of one, another is always ready; and as no delicacy of finishing is required, no minute exactness is worth reCarding, creat effects will not be disconcerted by small bbstructions, and little disappointments.
The contrasts, however, of asses and of cropes, must not be too strong, where greatness is the character of the wood; for unity is essential to creatness: but if direct opposites be placed close tocether, the wood is no longer one object; it is only a confused collection of several separate plantations; whereas if the procress be cradual from the one to the other, shapes and tints widely different nay assetable on the sane surface; and each should o:cupy a considerable space: a sincle tree, or a small cluster of trees, in the midst of an extonsive wood, is in size but a speck, and in colour but a spot; the Croupes and the masses must be larce to produce any sensible variety.
Yet single trees in the midst of a wood, though seldom of use to diversify a surface, often deserve particular resard as individuals, and are important to the creatness of the whole. The superficies of a slirubby thicket, how extensive soever, does not convey the same itoas of magnificence, as a hancine wood; and yet at first sicht, the difference is not always very discernible: it often requires time to collect the several circuas tances in the latter, which sucsest the elevation to which that broad expanse of foliage is raised, the vastness of the trunks which support it so high, the extent of the branches which sproud it so far: when these circumstances, all of grandeur, croud to other upon the lind, they dignify the space, which without then nicht be indifferontly be, the superficies of a thicket, or the surface of a wood: but a fw large trees, not emiantt above all about them, but distinguished by some slight separation, and obvious at a glance, immediately resolve the doubt; they are noble objects in tlienselves; become the situation, and serve as a masure to the rest. On the same rinciple, troes which are thin of bouchs and of leaves, those whose branches t end upwards, or whose heads rise in slender conos, have an appearance more of airiness than of importance, and are blenishes in a wood where creatness is the prevailing idea. Those, on the contrary, whose branches hanc directly down, have a breadth of head wich suits with such a situation, though their own peculiar beauty be lost in it.
These decorations are natural frances, which never derocate from greatness; and a number of shades playing on the surface, over a variety of those beautiful forms into which it may be cast, enliven that sanoness which, while it prevails, reduces the norit of one of tho noblest objects in nature to that of mere space. To fill that space with objects of beauty; to delicht the eye aftor it has been struck; to fix the attention where it has been caucht; and to prolons astonishment into adziration, are purposes not unworthy oi the greatest desiens; and in the cxecution productive of embellishments, which in style are not unequal to scenes of richness and magnificence.