Untitled by R.A. Wade

flood
Niagara Falls from below. This poem was inspired by a trip behind the falls starting near this spot. Image courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library

The tenfold thunders awful crash,
The sea of foam at your feet,
The play of the quivering sunbeam
On Niagara’s ample sheet.
Impress the soul with religious awe
As you gaze at the crystal flood ;
And as you drink their glories in,
You give the praise to God.


Source: R.A. Wade. A Poem on Niagara Falls.  Louisville, Ky.: Sherrill, Turner & Co., 1874

View the book by Wade on the Hathi Trust site. It includes an essay by Wade entitled My Visit to the Falls starting on p. 19; this poem is included in the essay, in a section about going behind the flood of the Falls to Termination Rock.

Wade was from Paris, Tennessee

Lines occasioned by the death of Mrs. Crysler, of Niagara by Erieus (Adam Hood Burwell)

death
In loving remembrance of. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

Death gazed on her charms with his pale greedy eyes,
‡‡Tho’ thousands were marching before her;
As seizing the hand of his beautiful prize,
‡‡From the arms of the Bridegroom he tore her.

Hell follow’d close in the footsteps of Death,
‡‡For the precious immortal within her;
With fury he grasp’d when she sigh’d her last breath,
‡‡As it were for some perishing sinner.

But a bright band of Seraphin swift from the sky
‡‡Was there in full time to relieve her;
The fiend started back as they fronted his eye,
‡‡And he fled as they came to receive her.

Fell murderer begone! for a Saviour hath died,
‡‡They exclaim’d—the forlorn are defended;
And she bath’d in the fountain that flows from his side,
‡‡While the day of his grace was extended.

Her Judge is her Counsellor — who shall accuse!
‡‡Her Saviour, her great Mediator,
Hath purchased her life with his own; — and his dues
‡‡He now claims of her Sovereign Creator.

Then rapid as thought they enrobed her in bright
‡‡Flowing vestments of heavenly splendor:
Her charms are renewed, and shine pure as the light,
‡‡While a concert of angels attend her.

Then, to Death they replied: — Thou hast fail’d of thine aim:
‡‡‘Tis but clay thou hast gotten beside thee:
And the day draweth nigh when thy charnel-house game
‡‡Will spurn at thy rule and deride thee.

For the trumpet of Gabriel shall waken the dead
‡‡When the journey of time is completed:
Then where is thy sting?—all its venom is fled,
‡‡And the malice of hell is defeated.

The body that forms thy proud revel to day
‡‡Shall be fill’d with yon Seraph to-morrow;
And glory immortal shall crown the poor clay
‡‡That was once a frail mansion of sorrow.


Port Talbot, 12th June, 1826

Source: Adam Hood Burwell.  “New” Poems of Adam Hood Burwell. ed. & introduced by Mary Lu MacDonald. retrieved from canadianpoetry.org/volumes/vol18/macdonald.html

Erieus was the pen name of Adam Hood Burwell

Untitled by T.S.L.

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

Boast not thyself, Niagara,
‡‡That thy deep song shall ne’er be o’er ―
The archangel’s voice shall yet proclaim
‡‡That thou and time shall be no more.

Boast not thyself, though God hath set
‡‡His seal of glory on thee now;
For He shall veil thy glory yet,
‡‡And take the rainbow from thy brow.

Thou, thou may’st sing a requiem o’er
‡‡The grave of millions yet unborn;
Thy sun of glory too shall set ―
‡‡The universe for thee shall mourn.


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 T.S., jun.

breakers
Niagara Falls with a Rainbow by Ralph Gore, 1819. Image courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library

Niagara’s mighty waters, rushing by,
That stun the sense, and yet delight the eye,
Whose breakers dashing on the rugged rock,
With thundering uproar, and with deafening shock,
Awaken feelings never known before,
And fill the memory with an endless store
Of fancies and of thoughts that ne’er can die,
But treasured in the heart forever lie.
The white foam dancing and the clouds of spray
That boil beneath me and around me play,
The circling rainbows with their vivid dyes,
Like fairy forms from out the waters rise,
Deck’d with those tints, so pure and all so bright,
They seem like rays of heaven’s own hallowed light;
All, all unveil, and place within my sight
The great Creator in his matchless might.


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 B.T. Romaine and Lady

table
The title page of the Table Rock Album

Majestic greatness sits, Niagara, upon thy brow,
And o’er thy rocks in thundering grandeur roll; —
We gaze, in silent wonder wrapped and humbly bow,
To thee, O God, who thus doth thrill our inmost soul.

From Albany, New York, Sept. 30, 1847.

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.