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in a serpentine form. St. Vincent's rock is of a tremendous height, impregnated with what is called the Bristol stone; and, when the sun shines in a particular direction upon it, while
you are on the opposite shore, this rock in many places appears as if it were decorated with so many little stars.
The whole presents a grand romantic scene.
The reverberation of sounds from shore to shore are uncommonly dis, tinct, and I have heard a capital singer, once upon a time, in the celebrated song of Sweet Echo, from this situation, produce a greater and more delightful effect than ever was heard upon the stage; the response was soft, but correct in point of imitation.
The rides here are numerous ; that over Durden-Downs to Blaze-Castle, in point of prospect, is hardly equalled. After
have made your way to the summit of the hills that overlook the Wells, you arrive at the village of Clifton, which, in point of situation and building, strikes the traveller with delight. The stone, of which these beautiful villas are built, we are told was brought from Bath; the houses are arranged, at that judicious distance from each other, so as to admit of a considerable piece of pleasure-garden, laid out with the greatest taste; the foliage gives an admirable effect to what would otherwise be thought, perhaps, naked and deficient in respect to its completion.
When you arrive at the Downs, you are parallel with the summit of the highest rocks, and look down the awful depth into the winding Avon. Many parts of the Downs are defended with a stone wall, in order that it
may be less irksome to the timorous female when she is taking her ride of recreation. There is a beacon built here as a sea. mark, on the highest ground, from whence you have a very extensive view across the Severn to Chepstow and the Welch mountains; and, while you enjoy the prospect, you imbibe as pure an air as ever wafted over sod.
From this situation, on 'turning round, you have a view of the exten- . sive city of Bristol, which at that distance presents itself to you as a good object; and, when you come to exaSH
mine its interior beauties, on a closer point of view, you will find that there are many things worth attention; the churches are for the most part handsome, well furnished, and kept in the greatest preservation ; the cathedral has unfortunately suffered so much from intestine broils and savage war, that there is but little of it left, and that is only the inferior part; but St. Ratcliff's church possesses all the elegance of Gothic beauty in a perfect state.
I could always wish to avoid every appearance of egotism in these sketches of different places; for let it be observed, that I am not writing a musical tour,
ego sum is for ever staring you in the face, in every line, nor do I mean to calum, niate any body of people whom I have stood before in public, because they have not treated me with idolatry, or that the whole corporation of a town has not met me with a trumpet and drum, and every distinguished symbol of respect.
Should it be asked what I advert to in respect to this digression from the
general idea of my plan, I must beg leave to refer my readers to the sentiments of a certain sing-song writer, who, while he was delivering his unparalleled productions through England, and could not be admitted at Cambridge because I was there, abused the Vice-Chancellor for not pushing me out of the town, 'where I had been handsomely received and caressed for many preceding years.