Stupendous river — mighty cataract!
You excite my wonder — that’s a fact.
I love the music of thy roaring
In awful torrents ever pouring.
Both truth and poetry — “that’s a fact” —
‘Tis truth indeed that you are crack’d;
That you’re a Bard is poetry,
Or in plain prose, an arrant lie.
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
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