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the eye very agreeably, relieved as it is against the Upon leaving this bath, the doctor prescribes that the deep masses of foliage that rise one over the other to subject go directly to his room, and not expose himself the summit of the noble range of mountains that over to the action of the air upon his person, until the prohang it on the south and east. The approach from be- fuse perspiration, which is the effect of bathing, has left low, as you come from Warm Springs, is not so fine: the surface. We did so, and found the most agreeable but that from the west is indeed very picturesque, equal effects resulting from the precaution: and our first er. ling any landscape I have met among these mountains. periment with the Spout, warrants us in the confident The buildings here are roughly built
, and when nearly anticipation of the best results from its further use. viewed, present no very attractive appearance, being There are at present many invalids here, the place scattered here and there without much method or or- forming quite a hospital, and presenting a strong and der, and inviting the visiter less by any exterior attrac- striking contrast with the White Sulphur Springs, tions of their own than by the positive and intrinsic where there is such a constant flow of gaiety, and so virtues which they possess.
constant a bustle is humming from morning till night. Dismounting here with my companion, we engaged Many invalids have come down from Calwell's
, and a comfortable cabin, (a palace to any thing we had en- are now Boiling, Spouting and Swealing under Dr. joyed at White Sulphur,) ate a breakfast, which by Goode; and the Warm Spa being near, we have enough the same standard of comparison or contrast, might company to make the time pass away tolerably. well be called a feast, and then sat down to read the wel. Dr. Goode is an experienced physician, (I believe come letters which we here found awaiting us from from Scotland originally,) and became possessed of this home.
valuable property by purchase from the former owner, As we approach the Hot Springs from the west, by Peyton, who received it as a part of his wife's portion, the mountain road, we come suddenly upon it as we without a very adequate notion of its true value. Mang pass through a narrow gorge between the hills; and improvements are going on, new springs being discoviewed hence, it presents a beautiful landscape to the vered, and much promise being held out of future comeye of the traveller. The road descends from this gorge forts and conveniences that are now desiderata. into a valley, the raiddle of which is low and somewhat marshy, and here the springs are situated. The build
August 15. ings erected over them, for the accommodation of visi- A lovely place is this stage of my wanderings among ters, are unsightly in construction and in their relative the Springs of Virginia. It did not look to me as if I location, and of course add nothing to the beauty of could linger among its vallies and mountains with the situation, as a whole. The hotel, too, on nearing it, much satisfaction after leaving the White Sulphur, but is converted from the lovely little cottage which your it has grown wonderfully upon my good will within fancy has led you to imagine it, into a white-washed these few days. I have already given some idea of its and inconveniently constructed old fashioned house, situation, its arrangements for invalids, and the qualiof no very attractive exterior or interior. Here we ties of its waters. I have continued to enjoy its delifound several of the recent residents at White Sulphur, cious baths, and with no little advantage, and find them who had, like ourselves, come to this region, to put the now as necessary to my daily enjoyment as I had previfinishing stroke to their experiments upon the waters ously done the White Sulphur waters. of the Virginia Springs.
Well does the facetious Peregrine Prolix remark, that We are now comfortably bestowed in a neat, new, the scenery at Hot Springs "grows into your affecunfinished little box, that is nevertheless a stately tions the deeper, the longer you remain." We came mansion compared with any thing in Fly Row,---and here for three days, and are regretting already that we we breakfasted as princes would be glad to breakfast may not extend our stay beyond a week. Since I after a fortnight at White Sulphur. After this opera- came into Virginia, I have seen nothing in nature more tion, we called to see Dr. Goode, the intelligent pro- lovely than the twilight of last evening, as I viewed it prietor of these springs, who advised us to commence from the piazza of the old tavern here. It had been with the trial of the "Spout Bath.” At the proper one of the finest days of the season. From morning hour, therefore, we entered a low wood building, where till midfight the horizon, resting all around upon the disencumbering ourselves of our apparel, we stepped ridge of the mountains that hem us in and form our into a round basin of water that seemed scalding at little secluded world, spanned but one glorious arch of first, and from which the first impulse is to draw back beauty. The san, lifting up the thin cloud of silver with something of a start. But being thereto encou- and azure mist, that rested upon the mountain brow at raged, we persevered until we stood up to our ears in its rising, came forth in splendor on his march across water of the temperature of about 170 degrees of Fah- the trackless firmament, while the old trees that raised renheit. It was a very pleasant bath, and almost equal- their proud heads by thousands over each other upon the ly so with that at Warm Springs, already described, hill sides, stood solemnly and silenily still
, not a breze though I must confess I should prefer the latter as a stirring their leafy tops amidst the quiet of the Sabbath matter of mere pleasure. In this basin a hollow log noon; and gloriously too did he sink, the King of Day, has been constructed, which conducts water of the to his rest beyond the distant verge of the western hosame temperature so as to fall on any part of the person rizon. There is a spot here whence you may view the the patient pleases -- and this is what gives the bath its loveliest sunset and twilight landscape that it ever enname. I found the Spout quite agreeable
. There is tered into the imagination of a Milton to describe, or a constant rising of gas in this spring, which renders a Claude to depict. Standing at sunset, a little northit a most delicious bath; it seems to buoy the body up westerly of the hotel on the hill, you look westward towards the surface, and by sensibly diminishing the through a gap in the ridge of mountains I have so ofweight of the water, as you walk or swim in it, almost ten alluded to as forming a beautiful feature of the
cing the effect of entire non-resistance to your scenery here, and following the direction of the road, tions.
the eye strikes at the remotest point of vision, the edge of another range of hills, behind which the sun has just that he was actually caught in asking a black who freset in undimmed glory. Above the lowest point of the quents the piazza of his cabin, with his violin, every horizon, a long line of glowing light extends the whole noon, to play "Zip Coon," and was much mortified to width of the space between the near mountains, that hear the conscientious Orpheus reply, "it is Sunday, form your foreground, and thence mellowing upward Massa !" in fainter and fainter degrees of intensity, it loses itself I have just returned from a ride on horseback to visit at length in the deep dun of the heavens above, amid a spring, about three miles north of this place. The which the stars are one by one shining forth, to make road was delightful, the day fine, my companions a night worthy of such a day. That one view is enough, choice, and the horses good;—and to crown the pleafor its present enjoyment, and for the recollections with sures of the morning, I tasted once more the real sulwhich it has stored my memory, to repay me for my phur water, bubbling up from the earth, in all its unjourney over the blue Alleghany.
doubted purity. I did not drink it, it is truc, from the One learns to like his landlord, too, at Hot Springs, octagonal basin, beneath the pillared pavilion, presided in an incredibly short time. Dr. Goode is a fine look-over by Hygeia, that graced the verdant square of my ing, intelligent, middle aged gentleman, who received good friend Calwell's domain,-but it was the real his medical education at Edinburgh, and conceived the thing, and tasted as deliciously beneath the green trees project of turning these springs to account from the ex- of the primeval forest as it could have done in the costperience that he himself had enjoyed of their efficacy. liest fabric of man's hands. The owner appears to posHe has been their proprietor somewhat less than two sess no adequate notion of the value of the spring, years, and is in the midst of building and other grand leaving it open to all comers. Who knows, but that in improvements, the result of all whieh, it is a reasonable time to come, a new "White Sulphur” will arise, and hope of his, will be to render these springs a very gen- divide the palm with the present "lion of the mouneral resort for those who are suffering under hepatic tains ?" and rheumatic affections. He is of mild manners, We passed a cave or two of inauspicious aspect, but easy and winning address, gentlemanly and affable as hating every thing Cimmerian, I did not turn my an acquaintance, and instructive in his conversation horse's head to explore them: a wagon load of negroes, upon general topics as well as upon those connected old and young, male and female, come chained hand to with his profession.
hand, being on their way with their owners, for sale, Mr. Edmondson is the “Mr. Anderson” of Hot probably to the south, and a whole family of whites, Springs, and meekly (in comparison) does he bear his moving from Rockbridge to Ohio. We conversed honors. His right hand man is Mr. Smith,-a com- with the latter in its various picturesque groups, and mon náme, it is true, but "what's in a name? A rose by learned the story of their plans, and as we came back, any other name would smell as sweet,"—though we saw them halting to dine on the banks of a moun"Smith," never knew I one, who for the concoction of tain stream, forming a picture worthy the pencil of a a mint-julep, that pride of the Old Dominion, could
Salvator. come within hailing distance of him of the Hot Springs.
CHAPTER VIII. As queer an appendage of this place as any connect- Warm Springs again. The Colonel. The Baths. General ed with it, is our barber. He rejoices in the eupho- hints. My last day at the Springs. Advantages of the tour. nious name of Ben Garnet, and styles himself, Barber, Advice to our critics. The Virginian. Ride over the moun. Clothes Cleaner and Renovater. By courtesy, our co
tains. The Blowing Cave. A hoax. Millborough. Alum terie have dubbed him “Wormwood," from the resem
Spring. The Hunter's bivouac. Lexington. Natural Bridge.
Staunton. Weyer's cave. blance he bears to the worthy of that name who figures
Warm Springs, August 20, 1835. in the “Lottery Ticket” so facetiously: particularly in
Here I am back again at the comfortable quarters of his gait
, that is most singularly limping, as he tops my good old friend, Colonel Fry,—who received me about to shave beards and renovate unmentionables. with his accustomed cordiality and hospitable wel. Wormwood owes his limp (so gossip tells) to a wound come. I find his cabins and chambers almost comreceived en cuerpo, as he was retreating from an un- pletely pre-occupied—for the travellers in Virginia from successful attempt to raise a subject for the dissecting the north, generally take his springs in their hometable of the medical students at Charlottesville, where ward route, but still by a little maneuvering, I was he resided, lang syne : but whether this be a true or enabled to bestow myself quite cosily in a suit of cabin gossiping story, I know not: he says he came by his apartments, much to my satisfaction. lameness by means of a downright honest rheumatic I believe I was clear enough, for all useful purposes, fever. Any how, (as Virginians say,) Wormwood is an as to the topographicalities of Warm Springs, upon my oddity in his way, and it is worth a day's stay at Hot first visit, and can add but little to the useful or amuSprings to develope the fellow.
sing accounts already attempted, of this part of my We are within five miles of the Warm Springs, and tour. I meet many of my White Sulphur acquainton Saturday, I rode over and found the good Colonel as ance here, and have every prospect of a delightful happy as a king, in the midst of a house full of visiters. sojourn for a few days. The baths, the luxury of Some of these were "old familiar faces," and recalled which I have already endeavored to describe, are still White Sulphur associations most delightfully. We attracting hosts of visiters, and they tell me that they were to have engaged rooms there, but the Colonel find it difficult to break away from the fascinations of told us that "he never does them things;" giving all a the place. fair chance, and no monopolizing! What a lesson for Gaiety, too, is as rife here as at White Sulphur Master Anderson, thought I.
Springs, proportionally speaking. The dancing hall Yesterday was a dies non to all the intents and pur- is nightly opened, and one fancies himself at Calposes of a spring life, and so entirely out of reckoning well's, under the management of Colonel Ponce was a neighbor of mine, as to the days of the week, I more. Such a contrast as the whole affords to ta pled condition of things at Hot Springs, (which an old stage, and take the rail-road. If so disposed, he may inmate calls the "Hospital of Incurables,'') makes it go twice each week to Lexington, by the way of Caladditionally attractive, just now, and thus you see my laghan's, (above Hot Springs,) and thence may go to leave-taking of this region is likely to take place under the Natural Bridge, (being thirty-five miles bence,) most favorable circumstances.
and taking Staunton in his way, may return as before My ride from the Hot Springs hither was uninciden- directed. This will furnish a very agreeable, varied, tal, and was taken upon a gloomy, lowering afternoon, instructive and health-giving season; and if the traand of course, the sight of the well-filled colonnaded veller be not the better for it
, it will be more his own piazza was cheering indeed. Some people had just fault than that of the roads, the inns, the people, the come from the upper springs, who represented the fall- fare, or the face of nature, on the entire route. ing off there to be rapid and constant. This of course One thing has been very remarkable during my increased my self-felicitation upon having come away whole tour to the springs. The weather has been unso opportunely. Who does not hate leave-takings, interruptedly fine throughout. Every one remarks among pleasant acquaintances ?
that the present season has been marked no less for its Yes! the season is over, or nearly so. The invalids unusually bright, clear and delightful skies, than for are wrapping up and turning their faces homeward, its wonderful increase of travellers in this region since the votary of Fashion is sighing a last farewell to the the last. It is very certain that of late much more noscenes that have been so delightful to him, -and every tice has been publicly taken of the tour, than has ever thing appears to be verging towards the end of the before been done in the country, and there is every rea. ball. I saw to-day the withered foliage of a maple, so-son to believe, that the result will be a prodigious inlitary and alone, in the midst of the forest, and its bril-crease of travel here during another season. liant hue, like the hectic of the consumptive, warned The opportunity that a journey to the springs of Virme that it was time to depart also. I shall linger but ginia affords the traveller from the north to form an acone day yet, and then cross into another county of de- quaintance with the people of the various parts of the lightful Virginia, enjoying new sights and curiosi- country south of 'Mason and Dixon's line,' is to be suties,-hunting over yet un assayed ground.
peradded to the advantages already enumerated as at
tending such a tour. It is incredible to the inexperiAugust 22.
enced in this matter, how great a deduction of that This is my last day among the Springs of Virginia. prejudice which is based upon no other ground than a My visit to them, with its varied incidents, has been few merely sectional differences of opinion on local described to my patient and long suffering readers in a and peculiar points, is effected by the contact and colseries of letters that I hope have had the effect to ren- lision that such a journey produces. And it is doubly der these springs an object of interest in their eyes, advantageous, inasmuch as this action upon prejudice and to induce some of them to turn their faces hither-is reciprocal; the southerner meets his brother of the ward, whenever a journey of health or pleasure is to be north, and forms an intimacy with and an attachment projected. Should such an effect result from the pub- to him, that results necessarily in the production of the lication of my notes, I certainly shall not have written best feelings on both sides. in vain.
The character of the Virginian is peculiar, and at From what has been so rapidly sketched, it may be first view less pleasing than upon a cultivated acquaindeduced that the better route for a northern traveller to tance. He is proud, and high toned in his feelings; take to the Virginia Springs, would be to start about and in nothing does this characteristic show itself the middle of July on the tour, taking the Richmond more plainly than in the exercise of his most distinsteamboat at Baltimore, and the stage-coach at Rich- guishing trait, -I mean his hospitality. Of nothing is mond, and so direct to the Warm, Hot, and White he more proud than that he is most hospitable
. There Sulphur Springs. If he be dyspeptic, he will content is a gentlemanly manner pervading the people I have himself with a few baths at Warm, look in upon Dr. met in this state that is entirely irrespective of rank, Goode at Hot and tarry a fortnight at White Sulphur. class or condition ; and indeed I have seen it more Should the vice-like grasp of that "friend that stick- strikingly developed, oftentimes, in those from whose eth closer than a brother," as the rheumatism has been appearance I was led to expect it least, than from aptly described, clinch him in its rude embrace, his others, to whom I looked for it as a matter of course. place of sojourn must be in the Thermal valley, alter- In no place I have ever been, have I seen so much osnating between Hot and Warm, as Drs. Goode and casion for a constant attention to the duty of acknow. Strother shall advise: doubtless the greater portion of ledging and reciprocating politeness, kindness, and his time should be devoted to the baths of the spout attention, as in the mountain region of Western Pirand the boiler. The consumptive must avoid all these ginia, during a month's 'Trip to the Springs.' springs,-the Red and Gray Sulphur offering the only inducements to such patients to visit this region. If, however, none of these disorders and diseases shall At Warm Springs, I very gladly accepted a propodrive the visiter hitherward, but his malady be ennui, sition from a friend to join him and one other compa. or the propulsive power that moves him towards Spanion in chartering a coach to Staunton, by the way of be only the behest of fashion and a love of pleasure, Lexington and the Natural Bridge. Having packed he will find the White Sulphur his place the season up, we took leave of the lingerers at the Colonel's, round, Salt Sulphur occasionally, and this hospitable jumped into our two-horse vehicle, (denominated by abode of Colonel Fry, towards the close of July. Re-courtesy a coach,) and were soon on our way over the turning, he has "the world before him, where to Rock Mountain that overhangs the valley of the choose.” He may return the way he came,-or may springs. It was early in the day, and we were to stop go back to Staunton, and thence diverge to Frede- after the first thirteen miles from our starting place. ricksburg, and so go to Baltimore or Washington byl A most delicious air rendered the heat of the sun,
shining down upon us unclouded and bright, quite Words are inadequate to convey the emotions with tolerable, exposed as we were to his rays, determined which one approaches, gazes upon, and admires this to enjoy the splendid scenery that surrounded us on most magnificent display of that omnipotent power every hand. We soon diverged from the main road, that called the earth and all it contains into being. and struck off south-westerly towards Millboro', where One must go and stand upon the rock on the north of is a sulphur spring, and where we were to breakfast. the ravine, and look down upon the bed of the stream On our way we got out to see the wonderful “Blowing three hundred feet below, and gaze with awe-struck Cave," mentioned by Jefferson, in his “Notes," as admiration upon the immense sweep of the single arch prostrating the grass for rods before it, and celebrated thrown over this wide and growing gulf, below which in all the guide books and travellers' long yarns from and over and upon which trees are growing in masses, Dan to Beersheba. But it had done blowing! So and which sustains a solid block of everlasting rock, much for cave hunting!
fifty feet thick, upon which a common travelled road is Arrived at Millboro', a little village where there is a run-and then by a circuitous path he must descend mill, a hatter's shop, (there located “because furs are below the stupendous arch, and gaze upward, and thus so cheap," as the master of the ten foot establishment form an idea of its vastness, and the many wonders told me,) a tavern, and a real White Sulphur Spring. that its existence, its formation, and its regular matheThe mill has done grinding, the tavern is beautifully matical proportions excite in the mind of the contemsituated, and afforded a capital breakfast, the hatter plative observer, ere he can conceive of what I should was a yankee, (of course,) and the spring was quite re- in vain attempt adequately to describe. spectable. After these discoveries, we pushed south- On the rocks and trees forming this magnificent cuerly into Rockbridge county, went up hill and down riosity, some visiters, desirous of fame, have recorded hill, along vallies, over rocky roads, and crossed the their names, many modestly, and some ostentatiously. same creek six and twenty times, all counted. There For our parts, we contented ourselves with bearing was no tavern on the route from Millboro' to Lexing- away a hawthorn stick and a cypress bough as our meton, which we were to reach that night, and our din- morials of a visit so full of impressive associations. Der was to be merged in supper. The boys, the wo- The bridge is private property; it did belong to the men, and the men on the road were too busy to give us estate of Jefferson, and has been sold to its present a cup of cold water to drink, and we were obliged to owner, within three years, for fifteen hundred dollars, subsist on the apples we could knock from the trees by with about sixty acres of land. No doubt the purchathe way-side. In the course of the afternoon, having ser is now reaping a rich harvest for his bargain. ridden through a succession of fine scenery, of the
Leaving Lexington and Rockbridge county, we same character as that already described to you in my came, on the route of our return, to the little town of letters
, we came to the foot of a hill, to the abrupt and Staunton, on the main post-road to Richmond, where densely wooded summit of which we ascended, to be- accident threw in our way an opportunity, (which, hold a most striking and singular sight. On the other upon reflection, I think I should much regret to have side of this hill, which descended precipitously into a lost,) to visit "Weyer's Cave," the most celebrated of deep and rocky ravine, an hundred feet below where all the limestone excavations which have been discowe stood, was a little settlement or encampment of vered in Western Virginia. "Madison's Cave,” so deer-bunters, who come annually to this secluded and celebrated in Jefferson's "Notes,” is very near it, but wild spol to follow their game, bringing with them since its discovery, has ceased wholly to attract the their families, and remaining during the whole season. popular curiosity: and Weyer's is admitted by all visiThe place selected is famous as the site of an alum ters to be the grand wonder of this interesting tour. spring of great power, to which people resort to ac- Being detained a day at Staunton, by some disappointcomplish cures for those diseases that are benefitted by ment as to seats, our little party of three, determined an application of that mineral. It was a rude, rough, to spend it at the Cave. Our curiosity to do so was and novel scene, a parallel to which I do not think can excited by the landlord's exhibiting to us some beautibe found in our country. I am told that this place is ful specimens of spar, crystal, and stalactite, that had not renowned for its strict exemplariness in matters of been brought thence, and forgetting our horror of bemorals and civil good order; these hunters being a ing taken in by another "Cave,” so naturally produced kind of outlawed race, with few or no sympathies in by our disappointment at "Windy Cave," so called, we common with the rest of the world around them. We took a convenient conveyance and rode out seventeen reached Lexington, a place of eight or nine hundred miles, to the abode of Mr. Morley, who has the care inhabitants, that night, thirty-five miles from Warm and the exhibition of this prodigious cavern. Springs, after a fatigueing ride. There are an arsenal, Having provided us with lights, arranged so as to with thirty or forty thousand stands of arms, and a throw the glare forward without dazzling the eye, we garrison of forty soldiers; Washington College, which went about a quarter of a mile from the landlord's was closed, it being vacation time; a good court-house house, and ascending a hill, soon came to a wooden enand gaol, churches, and many fine dwelling houses. trance upon the rocky side of a precipice, and stood in It stands in the midst of a delightfully cultivated val- the ante-room of the cave. While standing there, our ley among the mountains, and is a place of no little guide informed us that the place had been discovered consideration. We made a very comfortable inn our twenty-nine years, and that its discovery was the result head-quarters, and having passed a good night, we of accident, a hunter being on a search after some lost were bright and early on our way to the crowning cu- game, which he tracked to the mouth of this cave. riosity of our tour,—the Natural Bridge of Virginia. His name was Weyer, and hence the name. We went We reached it at noon, after a ride of about sixteen through a succession of rudely divided apartments, miles. A public house stands near it, where we lefi formed by heavy and massive convulsions of the rocks our carriage, and proceeded to view this stupendous on which the everlasting hill, hundreds of feet over our wonder at our leisure.
heads, was resting, each distinguished by some appellation that had been given it by the inquiring and intel- | But I have not the time now, which it would require ligent visiter, from some resemblance which its entire even to recapitulate, much less to describe the variform, or the concretions within it bore to some particu- ous attractions and fascinating wonders of this most lar object. These apartments are in number no less interesting cave. I shall only add, therefore, that the than thirty-six, and I believe a few more, cach contain- traveller in Virginia should never consider his plans ing stalactitic and stalagmitic formations, produced by for a tour through that most wonderful state complete
, the constant dropping of the limestone in a soluble state within many a degree, until he has placed prominently from the roof of the cave. The stalactite is formed by among them, “two whole days to be spent in explor. the drops from the ceiling or sides, in a hanging posi- ing Weyer's Cave." tion, like icicles from a wall, or sheets of ice upon a water course. The stalagmite is the formation of a concretion upward from the ground, upon which, drop by drop, the solvent falls from above.
EXPOSTULATION. The wildest vagaries of romantic and poetical fancy, the most visionary conceptions of the freest rover in
It is not, dearest, that thy words the realms of imagination, can never match the beau
Come with a harsher toneties and glories of this most wondrous of all the works I have no lute-string like the chords of nature. There is not one feature of this fairy palace, Around thy spirit's throne. be it ever so minute, or ever so grand in its proportions, The wind that makes all earth a harp, that art can imitate with any thing like a shadow of The streamlets that rejoice, the reality. The eye wanders amid a boundless variety Have not a note to win me from of charming objects, and as it roves around these mas
The music of thy voice. sive halls, the architecture of nature during the lapse of ages, the heart of the gazer is struck with awe at But, dearest, when 'neath yonder arch the stupendous manifestations of God's omnipotence
The winds come trooping by, the scene discloses at every step. Where all is so beauti
I feel them on their gentlest march, ful, grand, magnificent, sublime, to particularize with
And when the storm is high ; in the compass of a single letter were presumption. And so, when gladness fans thy breast, All parts of the great whole were full of interest, and Her zephyrs o'er me blowto the admiration of each alike did we devote ourselves But ah! when storms assail thy rest, as we passed them. Here, a splendid ceiling, over
I may not share thy wo. arching an apartment of great extent, was hanging thick with stalactites of every shape and size and tint,
The streamlets flashing to the sun, the single drop of lime water pendent upon the point
And dancing down the hill, of each, and with the crystals that had here and there
But to each other faster run, formed upon them, glistening in the torch-light like
When floods their channels fill. masses of diamonds. Next, the attention is directed So, when life's current gleams with bliss, to enormous hangings of the same formations, but in
Our thoughts together flow; broad folds resembling the richest drapery ; every
Alas! 'tis but in happinesssheet or volume of which, a light being placed behind I may not share thy wo. it, would seem to be hung with a broad border, and a regular hem. Again, stalagmites would here and there
Oh! let my love divide thy cup! arise like statues or pedestals, imitations of antique My joy shall meet thy smile, . marbles, requiring but little aid of the fancy to assimi
As fountains leap in sparkles up, late them to the well known chefs-d'æurre of the art. The sunbeams to beguile! Then, a magnificent hall, level, regular, lofty and ex- But keener, keener far, the zest tensive, would stretch out before the wondering gaze, Of joy, might I but know and in its centre a statue would appear, the guardian Whatever sorrows fill thy breast, genius of the place. The hall would be adorned with
Might I but share thy wo. hangings of the broad and beautiful formations already described, and its ceiling sparkling with innume
Life's brightest is a glimmering ray, rable stalactites, spar and crystals. Anon, what seem
And clouds will intervene; ed a mighty waterfall, stayed by the hand of Omni- Yet every shower but damps the way, putence in its descent, would stand, in motionless mag
To make our graces green. nificence, fall after fall, volume after volume, lying Oh! how can faith and patience, here, still, clear, pure, cold and bright, one over the other,
In me abound and grow, upon a perpendicular descent of an hundred and fifty If never water'd by the tear feet,-some of the stalactitical concretions were so mas
That channels for thy wo ? sive as to separate apartments from each other, and in one of these, the walls thus formed were beautifully Yet I can weep-and patience take transparent. A thin partition of this kind upon being
A most abiding root, struck gave out a deep tone, like the Chinese gong, Water'd by tears that do not wake and another had all the resonance of a fine bass druin,
An answer to my suit. while, in the same room, a succession of irregularly Still shall I find a charm to bless, shaped columns of the stone, upon being hit rapidly When joys within thee glow; with a small cane, produced a series of notes, not un- And life may lose some bitterness, like those of the Pandean pipes, or of the musical Though I share not thy wo. glasses.
Camden, s. c.
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