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en building. By descending this stair, self into a gigantic arch far above my which is seventy or eighty feet, perpen- head, and on the other, the dense and dicular height, he will find himself under hissing torrent formed an impenetrable the precipice on the top of which he sheet of foam, with which I was drenchformerly walked. A high but sloping ed in a moment. The rocks were so bank extends from its base to the edge slippery, that I could hardly keep my of the river; and on the summit of this feet, or hold securely by them ; while there is a narrow slippery path, cover- the horrid din made me think the preed with angular fragments of rock, cipices above were tumbling down in which leads to the Great Fall. The colossal fragments upon my head. impending cliffs, hung with a profusion It is not easy to determine how far of trees and brushwood, over-arch this an individual might advance between road, and seem to vibrate with the the sheet of water and the rock ; but thunders of the cataract. In some pla- were it possible to explore the recess ces they rise abruptly to the height of to its utmost extremity, scarcely any one hundred feet, and display upon their one, I believe, would have courage to surfaces, fossil shells, and the organic attempt an expedition of the kind. remains of a former world ; thus sub A little
below the Great Fall, limely leading the mind to contemplate the river is, comparatively speaking, the convulsions which nature has un- so tranquil, that a ferry-boat plies bedergone since the creation. As the tween the Canada and American traveller advances, he is frightfully stun- shores, for the convenience of travelned by the appalling noise ; for clouds lers. When I first crossed, the heaving of spray sometimes envelope him, and flood tossed about the skiff with a vio suddenly check bis faltering steps,- lence that seemed very alarming; but rattlesnakes start from the cavities of as soon as we gained ihe middle of the the rocks, and the scream of eagles river, my attention was altogether ensoaring among the whirlwinds of eddy- gaged by the surpassing grandeur of the ing vapour, which obscures the gulf of scene before me. I was now within the cataract, at intervals announce that the area of a semi-circle of cataracts, the raging waters have hurled some be- more than three thousand feet in exwildered animal over the precipice. tent, and floated on the surface of a After scrambling among piles of huge gulf, raging, fathomless, and interminarocks that obstruct his way, the travel- ble. Majestic cliffs, splendid rainbows, ler gains the bottom of the Fall, where lofty trees, and columns of spray, were the soul can be susceptible only of one the gorgeous decorations of this theatre emotion, viz. that of uncontrollable ter- of wonders, while a dazzling sun shed ror.
refulgent glories upon every part of the It was not until I had, by frequent scene. Surrounded with clouds of vaexcursions to the Falls, in some meas- pour, and stunned into a state of confuure familiarized my mind with their sion and terror by the hideous noise, sublimities, that I ventured to explore I looked upwards to the height of one the penetralia of the Great Cataract. hundred and fifty feet, and saw vast The precipice over which it rolls is floods, dense, awful, and stupendous, very much arched underneath; while vehemently bursting over the precipice, the impetus which the water receives and rolling down, as if the windows of in its descent, projects it far beyond the heaven were opened to pour another cliff, and thus an immense Gothic arch deluge upon the earth. Loud sounds, is formed by the rock and the torrent. resembling discharges of artillery or volTwice I entered this cavern, and twice canic explosions, were now distinguishI was obliged to retrace my steps, lest I able amidst the watery tumult, and addshould be suffocated by the blasts of ed terrors to the abyss from which they dense spray that whirled around me; issued. The sun, looking majestically however the third time I succeeded in thro’ the ascending spray, was encircled advancing about twenty-five yards. by a radiant halo; whilst fragments of Here darkness began to encircle me; rainbows floated on every side, and on one side, the black cliff stretched its momentarily vanished only to give place
to a succession of others more brilliant. less firmament, and the rustling of a Looking backwards, I saw the Niagara withered leaf, or the distant howl of the river, again become calm and tranquil, wolf alone broke upon my ear. I was rolling magnificently between the tow- suddenly roused from a delicious reveering cliffs that rose on either side, and rie, by observing a dark object moving receiving showers of orient dew-drops slowly and cautiously among the trees. from the trees that gracefully over- At first, I fancied it was a bear, but a arched its transparent bosom. A gentle nearer inspection discovered an Indian breeze ruffled the waters, and beautiful on all fours. For a moment I felt unbirds fluttered around, as if to welcome willing to throw myself in his way, lest its egress from those clouds of spray, he should be meditating some sinister accompanied by thunders and rainbows, design against me; however, on his which were the heralds of its precipi- waving his hand, and putting his finger tation into the abyss of the cataract. *** on his lips, I approached him, and not
When it was midnight, I walked out, withstanding his injunction to silence, and strolled into the woods contiguous inquired what he did there.
6 Me to the house. A glorious moon had watch to see the deer kneel,” replied now ascended to the summit of the he; “ This is Christmas night, and all arch of heaven, and poured a perpen- the deer fall upon their knees to the dicular flood of light upon the silent Great Spirit, and look up.” The soworld below. The starry hosts spark- lemnity of the scene, and the grandeur led brightly when they emerged above of the idea, alike contributed to fill me the horizon, but gradually faded into with awe. It was affecting to find tratwinkling points as they rose in the ces of the Christian faith existing in sky. The motionless trees stretched such a place, even in the form of such their majestic boughs towards a cloud- a tradition.
The flowers of the Osmunda Legalis, or flowering-fern, are set like two rows of jewellery on the under sides of the leaves. This elegant plant blows in July and August, a nd is generally found on or about the boles and twisted roots of old trees.
23 ATHENEUM VOL, 11.
(English Magazines, April.)
THE ROSE IN JANUARY.
other thought. My table was covered I HAD the good fortune to become with folios of all colours, quires of paper
acquainted in his old age with the of all sizes, journals of all species, catacelebrated Wieland, and to be often ad- logues of books, in short, of all that one mitted to his table. It was there that, finds on a professor's table: but of the animated by a flask of Rhenish, he love whole circle of science I had for some ed to recount the anecdotes of his youth, time studied only the article Rose, wheand with a gaiety and naïveté which ther in the Encyclopedia, the botanical rendered them extremely interesting. book, or all the gardeners' calendars His age--his learning-his celebrity — that could meet with : you shall learn no longer threw us to a distance, and presently what led me to this study, we laughed with him as joyously as he and why it was that my window was himself laughed in relating the little ad- always open, even during the coldest venture which I now attempt to relate. days. All this was connected with the It had a chief influence on his life, and passion by which I was possessed, and it was that which he was fondest of re- which was become my sole and contracing, and retraced with most poig- tinual thought. I could not well say at nancy. I can well remember his very this moment how my lectures and courwords; but there are still wanting the ses got on, but this I know, that more expression of his fine countenance—his than once I have said, "Amelia,' inhair white as snow, gracefully curling stead of philosophy.' round his head-his blue eyes, some “ It was the name of my beauty-in what faded by years, yet still announ- fact, of the beauty of the University, cing his genius and depth of thought; Mademoiselle de Belmont. Her father, his brow touched with the lines of re- a distinguished officer, had died on the flection, but open, elevated, and of a field of battle. She occupied with her distinguished character; his smile full mother a large and handsome house in of benevolence and candour. “ I was the street in which I lived, on the same handsome enough,” he used sometimes side, and a few doors distant. This to say to us—and no one who looked mother, wise and prudent, obliged by at him could doubt it;.“ but I was not circumstances to inhabit a city filled amiable, for a savant rarely is,” he with young students from all parts, and would add laughingly, and this every having so charming a daughter, never one doubted; so to prove it, he recount- suffered her a moment from her sight, ed the little history that follows. either in or out of doors. But the good
lady passionately loved company and “I was not quite thirty,” said he to cards; and to reconcile her tastes with us, “when I obtained the chair of phi- her duties, she carried Amelia with her losophical professor of this college in to all her assemblies of dowagers, prothe most flattering manner: I need not fessors' wives, canonesses, &c. &c. tell you that my amour propre was grat- where the poor girl ennuyed herself to ified by a distinction rare enough at my death with hemming or knitting beside age. I certainly had worked for it for- her mother's card-table. But you ought merly; but at the moment it came to to have been informed, that no student, me, another species of philosophy oc- indeed no man under fifty,was admitted. cupied me much more deeply, and I I had then but little chance of conveywould have given more to know what ing my sentiments to Amelia. I am passed in one heart, than to have had sure, however, that any other than nye power to analyze those of all mankind. self would have discovered this chance, I was passionately in love ; and you all but I was a perfect novice in gallantry; know, I hope, that when love takes pos- and, until the moment when I imbibed session of a young head, adieu to every this passion from Amelia's beautiful thing else; there is no room for any dark eyes, mine, having been always
fixed upon volumes of Latin, Greek, one,' replied she; ' I renounce them Hebrew, Chaldaic, &c. &c. understood their education is too troublesome, and nothing at all of the language of the too ungrateful a task, and I begin to heart. It was at an old lady's, to whom think I know nothing about it.' I was introduced, that I became ac “ I assumed sufficient resolution to quainted with Amelia; my destiny led ask the explanation of this question and me to her house on the evening of her
answer : she gave it to me; “You have assembly; she received me I saw just learned that I am passionately fond Mademoiselle de Belmont, and from of Roses; it is an hereditary taste; my that instant her image was engraven in mother is still fonder of them than I am; lines of fire on my heart. The mother since I was able to think of any thing, frowned at the sight of a well-looking I have had the greatest wish to offer her young man; but my timid, grave, and a Rose-tree in blow (as a new year's perhaps somewhat pedantic air, re-as- gift) the first of January;' I have nevsured her. There were a few other er succeeded. Every year I have put young persons—daughters and nieces a quantity of rose-trees into vases ; the of the lady of the mansion; it was sum- greater number perished; and I have mer—they obtained permission to walk never been able to offer one rose to my in the garden, under the windows of mother.' So little did I know of the the saloon, and the eyes of their mam- culture of flowers, as to be perfectly igmas. I followed them; and, without norant that it was possible to have roses daring to address a word to my fair one, in winter ; but from the moment I uncaught each that fell from her lips. derstood that it might be, without a
“ Her conversation appeared to me miracle, and that incessant attention as charming as her person ; she spoke only was necessary, I promised myself, on different subjects with intelligence that this year the first of January should beyond her years. In making some not pass without Amelia's offering her pleasant remarks on the defects of men mother a rose-tree in blow. We rein general, she observed, tható what she turned to the saloon—so close was I on most dreaded was violence of temper. the watch, that I heard her ask my Naturally of a calm disposition, I was name in a whisper. Her companion wishing to boast of it; but not having answered, “I know him only by reputhe courage, I at last entered into her tation; they say he is an author ; and idea, and said so much against passion, so learned that he is already a profes. that I could not well be suspected of an sor.' 'I should never have guessed it,' inclination to it: I was recompensed said Amelia,' he seems neither vain by an approving smile; it emboldened nor pedantic. How thankful was I. me, and I began to talk much better for this reputation. Next morning I than I thought myself capable of doing went to a gardener, and ordered fifty before so many handsome women ; she rose-trees of different months to be put appeared to listen with pleasure ; but in vases. • It must be singular ill forwhen they came to the chapter of fash- tune,' thought I, 'if among this number, ions, I had no more to say—it was an one at least does not flower. On leavunknown language; neither did she ing the gardener, I went to my bookappear versed in it. Then succeeded seller's purchased some works on observations on the flowers in the gar- flowers, and returned home full of hope. den; I knew little more of this than of I intended to accompany my rose-tree the fashions, but I might likewise have with a fine letter, in which I should remy particular taste; and to decide, I quest to be permitted to visit Madame waited to learn that of Amelia : she de Belmont, in order to teach her declared for the Rose, and grew ani- daughter the art of having roses in winmated in the eulogy of her chosen flow- ter; the agreeable lesson, and the er. From that moment, it became for charming scholar, were to me much me the queen of flowers. “Amelia,' pleasanter themes than those of my said a pretty, little, laughing Espiègle, philosophical lectures. I built on all " how many of your favourites are con- this the prettiest romances possible; my demned to death this winter ?' Not milk pail had not yet got on so far as
Perrette's ; she held it on her head; who, with a 'blush, lowered her eyes, and my rose was not yet transplanted and returned my salute. The mother, into its vase ; but I saw it all in blow. all enveloped in cloaks and hoods, saw In the meantime, I was happy only in nothing. "I saw every thing--and surimagination ; I no longer saw Amelia ; rendered my heart. "A slight circumthey ceased to invite me to the dowager stance augmented my hopes. I had parties, and she was not allowed to mix published An Abridgment of Pracin those of young people. I must then tical Philosophy.' It was an extract be restricted, until my introducer was from my course of lectures-was sucin a state of presentation, to seeing her cessful, and the edition was sold. My e ery evening pass by with her mother, bookseller, aware that I had some coas they went to their parties. , Happily pies remaining, came to beg one for a for me, Madame de Belmont was such customer of his, who was extremely a coward in a carriage, that she prefer- anxious to get it; and he named Mader. walking when it was possible. I moiselle Amelia de Belmont. I actually knew the hour at which they were in blushed with pleasure ; to conceal my the habit of leaving home; I learned to embarrassment, I laughingly inquired, distinguish the sound of the bell of their what could a girl of her age want with gate, from that of all the others of the so serious a work ? • To read it, sir,quarter ; my window on the ground doubtless ; replied the bookseller ; floor was always open; at the moment “Mademoiselle Amelia does not resemI heard their gate unclose, I snatched ble the generality of young ladies; she up some volume, which was often turn- prefers useful to amusing books. He ed upside down, stationed myself at the then mentioned the names of several window, as if profoundly occupied with that he had lately sent to her; and they my study, and thus almost every day gave me a high opinion of her taste. saw for an instant the lovely girl, and · From her impatience for your book, this instant was sufficient to attach me added he, • I can answer for it, that it to her still more deeply. The elegant will be perused with great pleasure : simplicity of her dress; her rich; dark more than ten messages have been sent; hair wreathed round her head, and fall- at last, I promised it for to-morrow, ing in ringlets on her forehead; her and I beg of you to enable me to keep slight and graceful figure—her step at my word.?. I thrilled with joy, as I once light and commanding—the fairy gave him the volumes, at the idea that foot that the care of guarding the snowy Amelia would read and approve of my robe rendered visible, inflamed my ad- sentiments, and that she would learn to miration ;while her dignified and com- know me, posed manner, her attention to her “ October arrived, and with it my mother, and the affability with which fifty vases of rose-trees; for which, of she saluted her inferiors, touched my course, they made me pay what they heart yet more. I began too to fancy, chose; and I was as delighted to count that, limited as were my opportunities them in my room, as a miser would his of attracting her notice, I was not en- sacks of gold. They all looked rather tirely indifferent to her. For example, languishing, but then it was because on leaving home, she usually crossed to they had not yet reconciled themselves the opposite side of the street; for had to the new earth. I read all that was she passed close to my windows, she ever written on the culture of roses, guessed, that, intently occupied as I with much more attention than I had chose to appear, I could not well raise formerly read my old philosophers; my eyes from my book; then as she and I ended as wise as I began. I percame near my house, there was always ceived that this science, like all others, something to say, in rather a louder has no fixed rules, and that each vaunts tone, as • Take care, mamma; lean bis system, and believes it the best. One heavier on me; do you feel cold ?' I of my gardener authors would have the then raised my eyes, looked at her, sa- rose-trees as much as po:sible in the luted her, and generally encountered open air ; another recommended their the transient glance of my divinity, being kept close shut up ; one ordered