I NIAGARA, how charms thy name Resounding from thy high walled sheer! How sweet thy water's far acclaim That bursts upon my pricking ear! How beams my eye with kindling flame As to thy presence I draw near, Where beautied grandure's falling swell Weaves still time's awful, mystic spell! I gaze at thee from nearest shore, Close by the impending brink, In wonder at thy fearful pour Of waters, til, amazèd more Than I can tell or think, I only see thy mist's fine shower That wafts upon these walls, And vision dim that mighty Power, The Great Spirit of the Falls. II But lo ! up stream, in fitful dream, The rolling, rumbling rapids roar, And toss and tilt and turn and teem, And gurgle in their cascades' gleam From isle to isle and isle to shore; And oft repeat the dazzling feat, Display their leaping wonders more, Rush round the rocks with flaring locks, Lead as bellweathers do their flocks, While through their tree-trimmed way they pour, These bounding waters, fleet, more fleet, To gather in one onward rush Adown their troubled, rocky bed, And struggle, straggle, gurgle, gush, To follow where their leaders led; But panting now for breath, They stagger to the edge Of overhanging ledge, Fearing the plunge beneath; When forth in foam their fellows come, Cheering and jeering the faltering and fearing, Till onto the precipice they rush with a roar, Exulting and leaping, as comrades before; Yet staring, stumbling, crashing, crumbling, As host with host o'erpowering, Each glistening wight of air commingled, They fall in gulf devouring; Or, flaring, flashing, darting, dashing, To break as gleaming snow, While splitting, splashing, gnawing, gnashing Upon the rocks below; Whence o'er the heights their spirits towering, Sweeping, swaying, rising, lowering, Rejoin the ceaseless flow, That with recurring, falling shock, Born on the wind's bluff blast, Wears e'er amain the shelving rock, And undermines aghast. There as by mighty hand, A cavern forms, carved by the storms Of vexed spray's pelting wave; And in that rocky cave Rough columns stand with altar grand; While fittingly conforms The spray-worn dome and bowlder pave, Round which reëcho e'er a stave Of wailing wind's weird band; And there before the cavern door, Attended with intoning roar, E'er falls the Bridal Veil And sweeps the filmy rail, Which now through Bridal Hall are fanned, Now screen that Wind's Cave from the land. Continue reading "Niagara by Arthur William Fisher"
Someone once told me, ‘seeing is believing’,
How pertinent that was, I found after exploring,
This artwork of nature, beauty sprinkled everywhere,
The raging river, the fretted fall, the magical mist, that I wish to share.
The white foamy flow,
the mighty wind that blows,
The sunshine is golden,
surely I can say, my heart is stolen!
The rainbow that joins, the heaven to this earth,
The beauty I feel, is in no way dearth,
So much of joy, so much of pleasure,
This lovely sight does have to offer.
The ‘maid of the mist’, lets you meet it face to face,
The gusts, the downdrafts, can’t help but blaze,
‘Journey behind the falls’, leaves you dazed,
With the beauty, enigma and the amazing grace
The gush of water, is though fierce and harsh,
falling down with so much of splash!
But as it descends, the resplendence is endless,
Down as it reaches, it turns into an angel!
This is the moral, it bestows upon us,
Whatever pinnacle we may achieve, let us not lose our humility!
Copyright @ Rakhi
Source: Haryana Online, 2004
(Song of the year, 1841)
Oh the lovers come a thousand miles, They leave their home and mother; Yet when they reach Niagara Falls They only see each other. See Niagara's waters rolling, See the misty spray; See the happy lovers strolling, It's everybody's wedding day. To see the Falls they took a ride On the steamship "Maid O' the Mist"; She forgot the Falls she was so busy Being hugged and kissed. See the mighty river rushing 'Tween its rocky walls; See the happy lovers strolling By our Niagara Falls. He said, "Is oo my darling?" He said, "Whose darling is oo?" He said, "Is oo my baby?" And she always answered, "Goo-goo-goo."
Source: Dwight Whalen. Lover’s Guide to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls: Horseshoe Press, 1990.