Descriptive Poems Containing Picturesque Views of the State of New York

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T. & F. Swords, 1802 - New York (State) - 79 pages
 

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Page 9 - O'ershadowing mountains soar, invested thick Their shaggy waists, and to their summits far A wilderness unbounded to the eye, Profuse and pathless, unsubdued by toil. Diminutive beneath, the Hudson, deep, Coerced by rocks, and silent, penetrates The solitudinous, and woodland scene.
Page 34 - ... rocks, In one unbroken chain, the Mohawk's mass Of waters, o'er the German flats and plains Of Herkimer, suspended in a broad Primeval lake, till, issuing through the strait's Disjointed pass, and roaring granite rocks, The lake, descending, left its reedy bounds, And bed of slime, exhaling to the sun. And now the airy Flats we pass, their church, Litigious hall, and taverns, and approach The gloomy shade of dark continuous wood, That runs high westward to the Mohawk's fount. Unbroken here the...
Page 32 - ... Fame, when from Parnassus she proclaims, In melodies that vibrate betwixt heaven And earth, her hero's actions. But, renew'd Our journey, we pursue the mountain's stony edge, Where the Caroga issues from the wild And desert heights, in elevated range Of sylvan tops far northward stretch'd, and where, Below, its cataract pours down the hoarse Canadian creek ; till, rising in our front, The mountains close, where once, perhaps, their rocks, In one unbroken chain, the Mohawk's mass Of waters, o'er...
Page 29 - In hieroglyphics, still remain their boasts Of conquest, and their graves. Next Ceres came, With German reapers in her train, and strow'd Her harvests on the furrow'd width of flats. Press'd by her golden sandals, we admire The soil fructiferous, and scenes dress'd out By smiling industry, that now reigns o'er The wild demesnes of war. Pursuing west The sinuating stream within its vales Of lengthening meadows, insulated oft With steep ascent, we reach the rising ground Of aromatic pines, where, jutting...
Page 10 - And blackens o'er the tide: then low at first, And rising from the naked granite banks, A sunny length of wood, out-stretch'd from hill To hill, light undulating o'er the yoke Of distant mountains, swells into the skies.
Page 17 - ... brows Of Alba's sloping city, westward spreads A canopy of azure o'er the woods And smiling lakes. The Mohawk's Falls we seek ; And, turning to the rich and fragrant vales That westward wind, approach the fractured steep. In hoarse and silver fountains, where he pours His urn amongst the far resounding rocks. Let Science tell the mighty cause that erst The mountain fabric's horizontal base Upturning, gave the roaring waters vent Along their lacerated bed, slate-paved, And branching to the Hudson...
Page 31 - ... Of growing settlement. Delightful cares ! That, in perspective of the future, charm Beyond the plaudits of ephemeron praise. How bless'd the prospect, to behold, each hour, Increasing all around, expansive life And happiness — their rapid progress urged By ardent toil, invigorate by hope ! Though none here revel on the silken couch Of zoneless pleasure, Friendship still may dwell With Peace and Love, more sweet than is the voice Of Fame, when from Parnassus she proclaims, In melodies that vibrate...
Page 71 - Roman ban vivant distinctions : Ah miseri! quos nosse iuvat, quid Phasidis ales Distet ab hiberna Rhodopes grue : quis magis anser Exta ferat: cur Tuscus aper generosior Umbro. — STAT., Silv. IV, 6, 8. And, nested in the spicy paste, repose The timid quail, that lately from their haunts In trepidation scar'd, sulphureous hail Pursuing, in their eager flight brought down. — M'KINNON. Pheasants stuffed with spice. — BAYARD TAYLOR. May canvass-backs and terrapins still be within your means ! May...
Page 18 - ... he pours His urn amongst the far resounding rocks. Let Science tell the mighty cause that erst The mountain fabric's horizontal base Upturning, gave the roaring waters vent Along their lacerated bed, slate-paved, And branching to the Hudson ; while the muse, With humbler views, the cataract admires, In streams of foam, where, glancing down The precipice, it widens to a gulf, And amphitheatre of quarried rocks, Their sylvan brows with spiral cedars set, Or coppice crown'd ; and issuing through...
Page 51 - Woodcock. Scolopax rusticula. American parallels : Woodcock, snipe. A table bird. Compared with the partridge: Rustica sim an perdix, quid refert, si sapor idem est? Carior est perdix. Sic sapit illa magis. —MART. XIII, 76. The seasons send Their wildest wanderers : the secret snipe, That on the borders of the slimy field Sucks up its draining juice. — M'K1NNON. The woodcock in his moist retreat, Heard not the falling of their feet. — HOSMER. Bubbling within some basin green So fringed with...

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