The Trollopiad [excerpt] by F.W. Shelton


Niagara Fälle–Les Chûtes du Niagara–Niagara Falls by Karl Bodmer
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

d, at last, Niagara to scan,
He walks erect and feels himself a man ;
Surveys the cataract with acritics eye,”
Resolvd to pass noimperfections by.
Niagra , wonder of the Deity.
Where God’s own spirit reigns in majesty. 
With sullen roar the foaming billows sweep, 
A world of waters thunders oer the steep : 
The unmingled colours laugh upon the spray, 
And one eternal rainbow gilds the day. 
Oh ! glorious God ! Oh ! scene surpassing all ! 
“True, true,” quoth he ,tis something of a fall.”

Source: F.W. Shelton. The Trollopiad; or, Travelling gentlemen in America: a satire. New York: C. Shephard, 1837 [Shelton originally published with the author pseudonym Nil Admirari, Esq.]

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