"Who is yon woman, in her dark canoe,/ Who strangely toward Niagara's fearful gulf/ Floats on unmoved./ Firm and erect she stands,/ Clad in such bridal costume as befits/ The daughter of a king. Tall, radiant plumes/ Wave o'er her forehead, and the scarlet tinge/ Of her embroidered mantle, flecked with gold,/ Dazzles amidst the flood. Scarce heaves her breast,/ As though the spirit of that dead abyss,/ In terrible sublimity, had quelled/ All thought of earthly things. "Her song grew faint,--/ And as the rapids raised their whitening heads,/ Casting her light oar to the infuriate tide,/ She raised him in her arms and clasped him close;/ Then, as the boat with arrowy swiftness drove/ Down toward the unfathomed gulf, while chilling spray/ Rose up in blinding showers, he hid his head/ Deep in the bosom that had nurtured him,/ With a low, stifled sob./ And thus they took/ Their awful pathway to eternity." Mrs. Sigourney. [P. 6; exhibited under heading: "Oil Paintings."]
Catalogue of the Works of Art, exhibited at the Fair of the Hartford County Agricultural Society, October, 1853. Hartford: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company. 1853.