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Halaman 3 - And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again Returns in an unceasing shower, which round, With its unemptied cloud of gentle rain, Is an eternal April to the ground, Making it all one emerald : — how profound The gulf ! and how the giant element From rock to rock leaps with delirious bound, Crushing the cliffs, which, downward worn and rent, With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful vent LXXI.
Halaman 3 - To the broad column which rolls on, and shows More like the fountain of an infant sea Torn from the womb of mountains by the throes Of a new world, than only thus to be Parent of rivers, which flow gushingly With many windings through the vale : — Look back ! Lo ! where it comes like an eternity, As if to sweep down all things in its track, Charming the eye with dread, -a matchless cataract...
Halaman 3 - Horribly beautiful ! but on the verge, From side to side, beneath the glittering morn, An Iris sits, amidst the infernal surge, Like Hope upon a death-bed, and, unworn Its steady dyes...
Halaman 3 - The roar of waters ! — from the headlong height Velino cleaves the wave-worn precipice ; The fall of waters ! rapid as the light The flashing mass foams shaking the abyss ; The hell of waters ! where they howl and hiss, And boil in endless torture ; while the sweat Of their great agony, wrung out from this Their Phlegethou, curls round the rocks of jet That gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set...
Halaman 24 - ... unsupported, which falls down by its own weight, that the falls recede from their present position. Now if we believe the statements of those who have resided at the falls, the recession has been about fifty yards within the last forty years ; but from all the data I have been able to obtain, it appears to be much too great an estimate ; indeed, it is extremely questionable if the fall has receded as many feet within that time.
Halaman 3 - ... exceeds any thing I ever witnessed before. All parts of Niagara, indeed, are on a scale which baffles every attempt of the imagination to paint, and it were ridiculous, therefore, to think of describing it. The ordinary materials of description, I mean analogy, and direct comparison with things which are more accessible, fail entirely in the case of that amazing cataract, which is altogether unique.
Halaman 26 - Lake Erie is occupied by nearly uniform soft layers, and after a partial wearing down of the limestone forming the rapids, the descent will be equally distributed over the whole extent of sixteen miles, giving a uniform declivity of about ten feet in the mile, or one third less than the present declivity in the bed of the river from the falls to Lewiston.
Halaman 3 - ... beautiful ! but on the verge, From side to side, beneath the glittering morn, An Iris sits, amidst the infernal surge, Like Hope upon a death-bed, and, unworn Its steady dyes, while all around is torn By the distracted waters, bears serene Its brilliant hues with all their beams unshorn : Resembling, 'mid the torture of the scene, Love watching Madness with unalterable mien.