The Falls of Niagara: Or Tourist's Guide to this Wonder of Nature, Including Notices of the Whirlpool, Islands, &c, and a Complete Guide Thro' the Canadas ...

W. B. Hayden, 1839 - 168 páginas

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Página 73 - There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore ; There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar : I love not man the less, but nature more...
Página 30 - tis but the same; My pang shall find a voice. From my youth upwards My Spirit walked not with the souls of men, Nor looked upon the earth with human eyes; The thirst of their ambition was not mine, The aim of their existence was not mine; My joys— my griefs— my passions— and my powers, Made me a stranger; though I wore the form, I had no sympathy with breathing flesh, Nor midst the Creatures of Clay that girded me Was there but One who— but of her anon.
Página 127 - Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made: But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.
Página 74 - Ah ! never shall the land forget How gushed the life-blood of her brave — Gushed, warm with hope and courage yet, Upon the soil they fought to save. Now all is calm, and fresh and still, Alone the chirp of flitting bird, And talk of children on the hill, And bell of wandering kine are heard. No solemn host goes trailing by The black-mouthed gun and staggering wain; Men start not at the battle-cry...
Página 30 - My joy was in the Wilderness, to breathe The difficult air of the iced mountain's top, Where the birds dare not build, nor insect's wing Flit o'er the herbless granite; or to plunge Into the torrent, and to roll along On the swift whirl of the new breaking wave Of river-stream, or ocean, in their flow.
Página 85 - Ah, terribly they rage, — The hoarse and rapid whirlpools there! My brain Grows wild, my senses wander, as I gaze Upon the hurrying waters, and my sight, Vainly would follow, as toward the verge Sweeps the wide torrent. Waves innumerable...
Página 78 - ... provisions. They staid on the island for one month, and then, at their own choice, left it, and not in fear of their opponents. Opposite to them, were assembled five thousand men, consisting of British regulars, incorporated militia, and a body of Indians and negroes. Batteries were erected, and balls and shells were, at intervals, cast upon the island. The islanders were incessantly in a state of danger and alarm ; yet they would, at times, provokingly return the fire ; still they remained unattacked....
Página 58 - And I have loved thee, Ocean ! and my joy Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be Borne, like thy bubbles, onward : from a boy I wantoned with thy breakers — they to me Were a delight : and if the freshening sea Made them a terror — 'twas a pleasing fear, For I was as it were a child of thee, And trusted to thy billows far and near, And laid my hand upon thy mane — as I do here.
Página 52 - Summer ! delicious summer ! thou dost fling Thy unbought treasures o'er the glorious earth ! Music is in thy step, and in thine eye A flood of sunshine ! on thy brow is wreathed Garlands that wither not, and in thy breath Are all the perfumes of Arabia ! Thou wilt not frown, tho' I have plucked unseen One little blossom from thy golden hair.
Página 99 - ... when half run out ; the noise too, hissing, roaring, dashing — all pressing on the mind at once presented the most awful, grand, solemn sight, I ever experienced. We were near it about eighteen minutes, and in sight of it about two hours.

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