Untitled by The Spirit of the Water

The title page of the Table Rock Album

All ye perturbed souls, that go,
With restless footsteps to and fro,
Running here, and scudding there,
Backward, forward, everywhere —
Ye who haste, in double time,
From every region, every clime,
Hold, one moment — pray ye, stay,
And harken what I’ve got to say:

Restless spirits, tranquil sleep,
Invade not ye my sacred keep;
Come not to Niagara Fall,
To scribble nonsense, scratch and scrawl.
Go, your footsteps trespass, rude,
On my awful solitude —
Go, ye little reptiles vain,
Go, and get ye home again.

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.

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