Author: Andrew Porteus

  • Niagara Falls Pagoda at Sunset by Mary

    To Mr. & Mrs. Robinson, of the garden at Point View O, wondrous scene ! how mighty thou Who shaped the forms on which I gaze ! Thy signal ‘s on Niagara ‘s brow, Thy voice is heard amid its waves . Skeptic, from haunts of care-worn man Thy weary feet now turn aside ;…

  • A quick note on the website

    Over the past few weeks the appearance of the website has changed. The theme I was using to lay out the site didn’t support many of the new features in WordPress, including the “verse” block editor, allowing the formatting of poems to be kept without resorting to hidden (unseen, for the most part) characters. However,…

  • Niagara Falls by George W. Reese

    Man may look with wonder at the pyramids,May stand unabashed before the deep blue ocean,And flee with hasty steps the wild commotionOf trembling earthquakes on the continent !I have looked with wonder at the statue of Apollo,That stretched its brazen legs and ponderous feetAcross the harbor while the distant fleetOf Egypt sink behind the waves…

  • The River of Stars: A Legend of Niagara by Alfred Noyes

    The lights of a hundred cities are fed by its midnight power. Their wheels are moved by its thunder. But they, too, have their hour. The tale of the Indian lovers, a cry from the years that are flown, While the river of stars is rolling, Rolling away to the darkness, Abides with the power…

  • Mary Secord: A Canadian Ballad of 1813 by Fidelis

    [Curator’s note: The Mary Secord referred to in this poem is actually Laura Secord. Fidelis was the pen name of Agnes Maule Machar. A later version of this poem can be found here.] The sweet June moonlight softly fell On meadow, wood, and stream Where, ‘neath the crags of Queenston Heights, The green waves darkly…