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and limpid than the water of this spring It stains not the rocks over which it passes, nor does it produce either weeds or mud. But what is
very extraordinary, though so beautiful to the eye, it is harsh to the taste, crude, heavy, and not easily digested. It is excellent, however, for tanning and dying ; and is said to promote the growth of a plant which fattens oxen and hatches chickens. Strabo and Pliny, the naturalist, speak of this peculiarity.
In the ordinary state of the fountain, the water falls away through some cavities under the rocks, and afterwards returns to the day, and commences its course as a river. But during the swell, about the spring equinox, and sometimes also after heavy rains, there is an · astonishing accumulation.
The waters roll on with a lofty head to the opening of the cavern, and are precipitated along the rocks with the noise of thunder. The tumult, however, soon ceases; the waters are peaceably received into a deep and commodious channel, and form a most delightful river, navigable to its very source. This river is, in its progress, divided into various branches, waters many parts of Provence, receives several other streams, reunites its branches, and falls into the Rhone near Avignon.
SEE MRS. DOBSON'S PETRARCH.
BEAUTIES OF VIRGIL'S GEORGICS.
SCYTHIAN WINTER SCENE.
There stalls enclose the herds that never stray, No grass
the field, no leaves the wood array, But earth lies hid by ridgy drifts opprest, And snow, sev'n ells in height, deforms her breast. There blasts that freeze, there winter, ever dwells: There never sun the pallid shade dispels : Whether his fiery steeds high heav'n ascend, Or westering to the wave his chariot bend.
Prone floods suspended in mid course congeal,
breast, Them, front to front, at will the murderers slay, Shout to their groan, and bear the spoil away. Beneath the earth in deep-sunk caves confin’d, The hordes in careless indolence reclin'd,
With oaks on oaks their high-pil'd fires upraise,
THE BATTLE OF THE BEES.
But if contending factions arm the hive,
* Beer, cider, perry, and fermented liquors made of services.