View on the Ramapo, A, with a bridge and waterfall, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 40
. . . Written at the time by the same author:-- "The stream is now a torrent, and doth force/ Its way, 'mid foam and noise, beneath the rocks/ Late from whose height it fell. The incessant shocks/ Of the young waters from a sky-fed source/ For Ever rushing on their seaward course,/ Have worn this chasm. The 'mountain infant' mocks/ His prison, and its gate compact unlocks,/ And still escapes, with ceaseless laughter hoarse./ Above the noise and spray, a rustic bridge,/ Hanging against the faintly-luminous sky,/ Extends its trembling weight from ridge to ridge,/ As if, the unconscious torrent's wrath despite,/ To show with pains how slight, can Man supply/ What Nature wrought with patience infinite. 'O vision sweet! To which the wearied eye/ Returns, and lingers at the heart's demand./ For while I seem on this worn rock to stand,/ And see yon structure frail, that hangs so high,/ Under the step of casual passer-by/ Tremble and bend;--straight Fancy moves her wand,/ And the slight work, rude-framed by unskilled hand,/ Loosens and rushes headlong;--with a cry,/ Beneath the whirling water disappearing./ The bodily eye can still its outline trace,/ Binding the scene in one harmonious whole,/ But to the mind, that sees an empty space,/ Come agitations sweet of tender fearing,/ Recalling to the sense the startled soul." [Pp. 20-21; see entry 06630043 for companion piece.] 06630043 for companion piece.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by Daniel Huntington, N.A., exhibiting at the Art Union buildings, 497 Broadway. Snowden, Printer, 70 Wall-Street.