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THE MOORISH GARDENS OF

SPAIN

every side, and scattered and diffused througli the

85 air,

is

to

enjoy the grateful freshness. " In the highest part of this palace there is found within a garden a wide and lovely staircase, from whence one ascends to a landing where, from a neighbouring rock, comes all the mass of The water water distributed through the palace and grounds. there enclosed by means of many cocks and keys, in such a manner that in whatever weather, in whatever way, and in what-

is

The staircase is quantity desired, it can be turned on. constructed with such art that in descending every step is wider

ever

than the one before, and in the centre of each step is a cavity where the running water can flow and remain. More than this, the stones forming the balustrades on either side of the staircase are hollowed above in the form of pipes or canals. Of these each has its cock above, so that the water can be made to flow at

by the canals on the balustrades, or by the wide staircase, or by both at once. The fall and

either

pleasure,

cavities in the

impetus of the water can overflow

the

thereon.

A

fact to

me

it

also, if desired,

be increased so as to

bathing all the staircase and whoever is In thousand other jeux d'artifices can be played. canals,

seems that

this site lacks

nothing either of grace or

beauty, and whoever understands how to enjoy and benefit from things, would live here in repose, solaced in the study and

fair

pleasure fitting to a noble mind, and

knowing no other desire." " of desire," restless or ambitious, is not limiting of our day, but the true sentiment of a garden is still and always must be one of repose, and in no gardens is this so gently conveyed

The

fatalist's

Moors. As the Italians have always expressed romance or profit as the English garden emphasises

as in those of the in theirs

;

the " love of retirement that triumphs over taste," and that of the French expresses the most exquisite and worldly elegance, " un de Lenotre

—

.

.

.

jardin

Correct, ridicule, charmant,"

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