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Court of the Four Seasons
The Ionic Columns
|Through the columns is a glimpse of the Eastern Gateway where, carved in three panels over the entrance, is the following inscription:
So forth issew'd the seasons of the yeare,
First lusty spring all dight in leaves and flowres.
Then came the jolly sommer being dight
In a thin cassock coloured greene,
Then came the autumne all in yellow clad,
Lastly came winter, cloathed all in frize,
Chattering his teeth, for cold that did him chill.
The triple panel in the attic of the Western Gateway reads:
For lasting happiness we turn our eyes to one alone,
And she surrounds you now.
Great nature, refuge of the weary heart, and only balm to breasts that
have been bruised.
She hath cool hands for every fevered brow
And gentlest silence for the troubled soul.