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The Grotto

Stourhead Water Gardens



The Grotto at Stourhead Water Gardens
The Grotto at Stourhead Water Gardens
seen from across the lake

The Interior of the Grotto at Stourhead Water Gardens
The interior of the Grotto at Stourhead
showing the sleeping Ariadne and Pope's verses
engraved at the edge of the pool:
Nymph of the Grot these sacred springs I keep,
And to the murmur of these waters sleep;
Ah! Spare my slumbers, gently tread the cave,
And drink in silence, or in silence lave.

The view across the Lake from the Grotto at Stourhead Water Gardens
The view across the lake toward the village
of Stourton from the Grotto

The River God in his cave in the Grotto at Stourhead Water Gardens Descending the steps to the Grotto
The River God's Cave, a separate chamber of the Grotto at Stourhead
(located to the left in the photograph at the top of the page)



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John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, jtatter@bsc.edu