Thus ere another golden noon they emerged from those shades, and before them/ Lay in the golden sun the lakes of Atchafalaya./ Water-lilies in myriads rocked on the slight undulations/ Made by the passing oars, and resplendent in beauty the lotus/ Lifted her golden crown above the heads of the boatmen./ Faint was the air with the odorous breath of magnolia blossoms/ And with the heat of noon, and numberless sylvan islands,/ Fragrant and thickly embowered with blossoming hedges of roses,/ Near to whose shores they glided along, invited to slumber./ Soon by the fairest of these their weary oars were suspended/ Under the boughs of Wachita willows that grew by the margin./ Safely their boat was moored; and scattered around on the greensward,/ Tired with their midnight toil, the weary travelers slumbered./ Over them vast and high extended the cape of a cedar./ Swinging from its great arms the trumpet-flower and the grape-vine/ Hung their ladder of ropes aloft like the ladder of Jacob,/ On whose pendulous stairs the angels ascending, descending,/ Win the swift humming-birds that flitter from blossom to blossom./ Such was the vision Evangeline saw as she slumbered beneath it./ Filled was her heart with love, and the dawn of an opening heaven/ Lighted her soul in sleep with the glory of regions celestial. [P. 12.]
Louisville Industrial Exposition. Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. With a Classification of the Natural History Department. Louisville: Published by John P. Morton and Company. 1873.