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The plaque through which the spring water flows marks the entry to the garden of the stream that feeds all the ponds. The inscription reads

HIC GELIDI FONTES
here are cool springs

HIC MOLLIA PRATA
here soft meadows

VIRGIL ECLOGUES

The quotation is from Virgil's tenth Eclogue, and may be understood to describe the blessings of art as well as nature.

 

 

 
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