Untitled by E.S. Smith

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The title page of the Table Rock Album

Not in the forest vast, when winds awake,
With giant energies and mighty power —
Not on the boundless deep when storms arise,
And tempests loudly roar, is nature seen
In grandest garb arrayed — but where Niagara’s
Thundering voice is heard, and where her waves,
In angry majesty are seen to pour;
Then doth she wear a garb that wins from man
The incense of his wonder, awe and praise.

 

Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

Untitled by Henry D. O’Reilly

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

I have gazed on nature — here — abroad,
‡‡I have wandered o’er the briny deep;
Of all thy works, Almighty God,
‡‡This is the greatest, this is the chief.

A roaring cataract, ever foaming, ever rushing,
‡‡Ever boiling, ever raging, ever roaring, ever gushing
From some great source, which I dare not tell,
‡‡It dashes madly down, as though to the very pit of hell.

Presumptuous man, you dare to write
‡‡Of nature’s works and the Great Architect of all!
Bend down thy knee, and revere His might,
‡‡Who formed this cataract, who made this fall.

Henry D. O’Reilly was from Dublin, Ireland.

It is possible that Henry D. O’Reilly was the Irish immigrant who was influential in the development of Rochester, New York, and in the development of the Erie Canal. O’Reilly was also active in publishing. Click here for more information on O’Reilly.

Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

Untitled by Anonymous

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

A scene so vast, so wildly grand,
May well a mortal’s mind amaze;
For even the swift wing’d angel band,
On Mercy’s errand, stop to gaze.

 

Source: Table Rock Album and Sketches of the Falls and Scenery Adjacent. Buffalo: Steam Press of Thomas and Lathrops, copyright by Jewett, Thomas & Co.,1856c.1848

This link takes you to the scanned version of  the 1855 version of Table Rock Album from the Hathi Trust

See the Table of Contents of the Table Rock Album on this site.

Disappointed Again. by Fun Magazine

“It is announced that Oscar Wilde was also disappointed with Niagara”

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Oscar Wilde photographed by Napoleon Sarony, 1882. Courtesy of Library of Congress

Universe, you are a failure,
‡‡You’re one masterly mistake;
Firmamental glories, pale your
‡‡Fires, and played-out old earth, quake.
You may teem with hidden treasure,
‡‡But we won’t be reconciled,
Since you seem to take a pleasure
‡‡In disappointing Wilde.

In the lake, as in the ocean,
‡‡Torrents’ rush, and waves that roll,
Failing to impart emotion
‡‡To his fine fastidious soul;
You may just as well, Dame Nater,
‡‡Shut up shop, to draw it mild,
As let cataract and crater
‡‡Go disappointing Wilde.

Or, perhaps you’d best endeavour
‡‡To improve your old design,
Make catastrophes more clever,
‡‡And phenomena more fine.
Dye Niagara rose-madder,
‡‡Have the wide Atlantic biled:
Then he may feel somewhat gladder,
‡‡The disappointed Wilde.

When they meet his pensive gaze, oh,
‡‡Take a ‘cute scene-painter’s hints,
Add ten leagues to Chimborazo,
‡‡To the rainbow ten new tints;
Let Mount Etna vomit lava
‡‡With a monster saucepan tiled,
So he will but murmur, Brava!”
‡‡The disappointed Wilde.

Then you might transpose each season,
‡‡Make the roses oust the snows,
Give the Tory party reason,
‡‡And the Irish one repose;
But, perhaps, the multiplying
‡‡Of the dollar-heap he’s piled,
Would be best for satisfying,
‡‡Not disappointing, Wilde.

Source: “Still Disappointed” in Cooper, John. Oscar Wilde in America Blog: Niagara Falls, 2016. Retrieved from  https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog/2016/03/07/niagara-falls/comment-page-1/

Originally published in Fun magazine, March 8, 1882, in response to Wilde’s widely quoted comment that “Every American bride is taken there, and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest, if not the keenest, disappointments in American married life” – quoted in Carr, Jamie M. Niagaras of Ink: Famous Writers at the Falls. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2020. p. 50.

Niagara by Arthur John Lockhart

‡‡Will it be a Niagara of wheel-pits and tail-races and factory wastes ?  J. Horace McFarland

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Arthur John Lockhart. From Canadian Singers and Their Songs

YE VENERABLE WATERS ! that declaim
‡‡Of hoar Antiquity and deeds remote,
‡‡And from the hollow of that thundrous throat
Breath’st thought to put our shallow schemes to shame !
Before the Norsemen or Columbus came
‡‡Westward across th’ untried Atlantic wave ;
Ay, ere the Red Sea saw the guiding Flame
‡‡That led the hosts of Israel, thou didst rave
With thy eternal tongue of fuming waters !
‡‡And shall the mongering hand of heedless men
‡‡With scornful touch thy loveliness disdain ?
Arise ! ye beauty-loving sons and daughters !
‡‡The Sovereign Spirit of this vocal glen
‡‡Shall give you thanks out of his awful fane !

 

Source: Arthur John Lockhart.  The Birds of the Cross, and Other Poems. Winterport, Me.: C.R. Lougee, 1909.

Lockhart also wrote under the name “Pastor Felix”