Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XII
Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS.--Perhaps the wisest, if not the best, description of the Falls of Niagara is in the simple ejaculation of Mrs. Butler,1 for it is almost useless to attempt to describe when you feel that language fails; but if the falls cannot be described, the ideas which are conjured up in the mind, when we contemplate this wonderful combination of grandeur and beauty, are often worth recording. The lines of Mrs. Sigourney,2 the American poetess, please me most:

Flow on for ever, in thy glorious robe
Of terror and of beauty; God hath set
His rainbow on thy forehead, and the cloud

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1
Frances Anne Kemble Butler ( 1809-93), English actress, was the daughter of Charles Kemble. She was one of the "stars" at Covent Garden, and her American tour in 1832 was a great success, leading to her marriage to a Philadelphian, Pierce Butler. She wrote several plays and poems, published her Journal ( 1835), her Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation ( 1863), and also a very interesting series of autobiographical volumes: Records of a Girlhood ( 1878), Records of Later Life ( 1882), and Further Records ( 1891). Marryat refers to her remark on Niagara which appears in her Journal ( Philadelphia, 1835), p. 218: "I saw Niagara--Oh God! who can describe that sight! ! !"
2
Lydia Sigourney ( 1791-1865), an American poetess of considerable repute in her own day, and for a time an editor of Godey's Lady's Book.

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