Oliver Goldsmith, The Rising Village, with Other Poems. Saint John, New Brunswick,
1834. Ed. Gerald Lynch (London: Canadian Poetry Press, 1989).
In presenting this little volume of Poems to the
notice of his Countrymen, and the Public in general, the Author is not without hope that
it will merit their approbation, and receive, at their hands, a reasonable share of favor
and encouragement; and while he avails himself of the present opportunity to return his
thanks to those friends, who, in the first instance, aided by their advice and assistance
his poetical efforts; he begs also to offer his kindest acknowledgements to those who have
taken so lively an interest in this publication; and to the expression of his warmest
hopes for their individual happiness and comfort, he would add, at the same time, his
sincere and ardent wishes for the prosperity and welfare of the Inhabitants of Nova-Scotia
October 1, 1834.
William Eager, St. Pauls Church,
Halifax (circa 1831).
HENRY GOLDSMITH, ESQ.
MY DEAR HENRY,
Allow me to address this Poem to your notice, that in so doing I may
gratify the feelings of affection which a fond Brother entertains for you.
The celebrated Author of the DESERTED
VILLAGE has pathetically displayed the anguish of his Countrymen, on being forced,
from various causes, to quit their native plains, endeared to them by so many delightful
recollections; and to seek a refuge in regions at that time unknown, or but little heard
of. It would, perhaps, have been a subject of astonishment to him, could he have
known, that, in the course of events, some of his own relations were to be natives of such
distant countries, and that a grandson of his brother Henry, to whom he dedicated his
TRAVELLER, would first draw his breath at no great distance from the spot
Wild Oswego spreads her swamps around,
And Niagara stuns with thundering sound.
In the RISING VILLAGE I have endeavoured to describe the sufferings
which the early settlers experienced, the difficulties which they surmounted, the rise and
progress of a young country, and the prospects which promise happiness to its future
possessors. You, my dear Brother, were born in this portion of the globe, and no person
can form a better opinion how far I have succeeded in the attempt which I have made, or
judge more correctly of the truth of the descriptions.
I remain, my dear HENRY,
Your affectionate Brother,
The Rising Village
|Thou dear companion of my early years,
Partner of all my boyish hopes and fears,
To whom I oft addressed the youthful strain,
And sought no other praise than thine to gain;
Who oft hast bid me emulate his fame
|Whose genius formed the glory of our name;
Say, when thou canst, in manhoods ripened age,
With judgment scan the more aspiring page,
Wilt thou accept this tribute of my lay,
By far too small thy fondness to repay?
|Say, dearest Brother, wilt thou now excuse
This bolder flight of my adventurous muse?
If, then, adown your cheek a tear should flow
For Auburns Village, and its speechless woe;
If, while you weep, you think the lowly train
|Their early joys can never more regain,
Come, turn with me where happier prospects rise,
Beneath the sternness of Acadian skies.
And thou, dear spirit! whose harmonious lay
Didst lovely Auburns piercing woes display,
|Do thou to thy fond relative impart
Some portion of thy sweet poetic art;
Like thine, Oh! let my verse as gently flow,
While truth and virtue in my numbers glow:
And guide my pen with thy bewitching hand,
|To paint the Rising Village of the land.
How chaste and splendid are the scenes that lie
Beneath the circle of Britannias sky!
What charming prospects there arrest the view,
How bright, how varied, and how boundless too!
|Cities and plains extending far and wide,
The merchants glory, and the farmers pride.
Majestic palaces in pomp display
The wealth and splendour of the regal sway;
While the low hamlet and the shepherds cot,
|In peace and freedom mark the peasants lot.
There natures vernal bloom adorns the field,
And Autumns fruits their rich luxuriance yield.
There men, in busy crowds, with men combine,
That arts may flourish, and fair science shine;
|And thence, to distant climes their labours send,
As oer the world their widening views extend.
Compard with scenes like these, how lone and drear
Did once Acadias woods and wilds appear;
Where wandering savages, and beasts of prey,
|Displayed, by turns, the fury of their sway.
What noble courage must their hearts have fired,
How great the ardour which their souls inspired,
Who leaving far behind their native plain,
Have sought a home beyond the Western main;
|And braved the perils of the stormy seas,
In search of wealth, of freedom, and of ease!
Oh! none can tell but they who sadly share
The bosoms anguish, and its wild despair,
What dire distress awaits the hardy bands,
|That venture first on bleak and desert lands.
How great the pain, the danger, and the toil,
Which mark the first rude culture of the soil.
When, looking round, the lonely settler sees
His home amid a wilderness of trees:
|How sinks his heart in those deep solitudes,
Where not a voice upon his ear intrudes;
Where solemn silence all the waste pervades,
Heightening the horror of its gloomy shades;
Save where the sturdy woodmans strokes resound,
|That strew the fallen forest on the ground.
See! from their heights the lofty pines descend,
And crackling, down their pondrous lengths extend.
Soon from their boughs the curling flames arise,
Mount into air, and redden all the skies;
|And where the forest once its foliage spread,
The golden corn triumphant waves its head1.
How blest did natures ruggedness appear
The only source of trouble or of fear;
How happy, did no hardship meet his view,
|No other care his anxious steps pursue;
But, while his labour gains a short repose,
And hope presents a solace for his woes,
New ills arise, new fears his peace annoy,
And other dangers all his hopes destroy.
|Behold the savage tribes in wildest strain,
Approach with death and terror in their train;
No longer silence oer the forest reigns,
No longer stillness now her power retains;
But hideous yells announce the murderous band,
|Whose bloody footsteps desolate the land;
He hears them oft in sternest mood maintain,
Their right to rule the mountain and the plain;
He hears them doom the white mans instant death,
Shrinks from the sentence, while he gasps for breath,
|Then, rousing with one effort all his might,
Darts from his hut, and saves himself by flight.
Yet, what a refuge! Here a host of foes,
On every side, his trembling steps oppose;
Here savage beasts around his cottage howl,
|As through the gloomy wood they nightly prowl,
Till morning comes, and then is heard no more
The shouts of man, or beasts appalling roar;
The wandering Indian turns another way,
And brutes avoid the first approach of day.
| Yet, tho these threatning dangers
round him roll,
Perplex his thoughts, and agitate his soul,
By patient firmness and industrious toil,
He still retains possession of the soil;
Around his dwelling scattered huts extend,
|Whilst every hut affords another friend.
And now, behold! his bold aggressors fly,
To seek their prey beneath some other sky;
Resign the haunts they can maintain no more,
And safety in far distant wilds explore.
|His perils vanished, and his fears oercome,
Sweet hope portrays a happy peaceful home.
On every side fair prospects charms his eyes,
And future joys in every thought arise.
His humble cot, built from the neighbouring trees,
|Affords protection from each chilling breeze;
His rising crops, with rich luxuriance crowned,
In waving softness shed their freshness round;
By nature nourished, by her bounty blest,
He looks to Heaven, and lulls his cares to rest.
| The arts of culture now extend their sway,
And many a charm of rural life display.
Where once the pine upreared its lofty head,
The settlers humble cottages are spread;
Where the broad firs once sheltered from the storm,
|By slow degrees a neighbourhood they form;
And, as its bounds, each circling year, increase
In social life, prosperity, and peace,
New prospects rise, new objects too appear,
To add more comfort to its lowly sphere.
|Where some rude sign or post the spot betrays,
The tavern first its useful front displays.
Here, oft the weary traveller at the close
Of evening, finds a snug and safe repose.
The passing stranger here, a welcome guest,
|From all his toil enjoys a peaceful rest;
Unless the host, solicitous to please,
With care officious mar his hope of ease,
With flippant questions to no end confined,
Exhaust his patience, and perplex his mind.
| Yet, let no one condemn with thoughtless haste,
The hardy settler of the dreary waste,
Who, far removed from every busy throng,
And social pleasures that to life belong,
Wheneer a stranger comes within his reach,
|Will sigh to learn whatever he can teach.
To this, must be ascribed in great degree,
That ceaseless, idle curiosity,
Which over all the Western world prevails,
And every breast, or more or less, assails;
|Till, by indulgence, so oerpowering grown,
It seeks to know all business but its own.
Here, oft when winters dreary terrors reign,
And cold, and snow, and storm, pervade the plain,
Around the birch-wood blaze the settlers draw,
|To tell of all they felt, and all they saw.
When, thus in peace are met a happy few,
Sweet are the social pleasures that ensue.
What lively joy each honest bosom feels,
As oer the past events his memory steals,
|And to the listeners paints the dire distress,
That marked his progress in the wilderness;
The danger, trouble, hardship, toil, and strife,
Which chased each effort of his struggling life.
In some lone spot of consecrated ground,
|Whose silence spreads a holy gloom around,
The village church in unadorned array,
Now lifts its turret to the opening day.
How sweet to see the villagers repair
In groups to pay their adoration there;
|To view, in homespun dress, each sacred morn,
The old and young its hallowed seats adorn,
While, grateful for each blessing God has given,
In pious strains, they waft their thanks to Heaven.
Oh, heaven-born faith! sure solace of our woes,
|How lost is he who neer thy influence knows,
How cold the heart thy charity neer fires,
How dead the soul thy spirit neer inspires!
When troubles vex and agitate the mind,
By gracious Heaven for wisest ends designed,
|When dangers threaten, or when fears invade,
Man flies to thee for comfort and for aid;
The soul, impelled by thy all-powerful laws,
Seeks safety, only, in a Great First Cause!
If, then, amid the busy scene of life,
|Its joy and pleasure, care, distrust, and strife;
Man, to his God for help and succour fly,
And on his mighty power to save, rely;
If, then, his thoughts can force him to confess
His errors, wants, and utter helplessness;
|How strong must be those feelings which impart
A sense of all his weakness to the heart,
Where not a friend in solitude is nigh,
His home the wild, his canopy the sky;
And, far removed from every human arm,
|His God alone can shelter him from harm.
While now the Rising Village claims a name,
Its limits still increase, and still its fame.
The wandering Pedlar, who undaunted traced
His lonely footsteps oer the silent waste;
|Who traversed once the cold and snow-clad plain,
Reckless of danger, trouble, or of pain,
To find a market for his little wares,
The source of all his hopes, and all his cares,
Established here, his settled home maintains,
|And soon a merchants higher title gains.
Around his store, on spacious shelves arrayed,
Behold his great and various stock in trade.
Here, nails and blankets, side by side, are seen,
There, horses collars, and a large tureen;
|Buttons and tumblers, fish-hooks, spoons and knives,
Shawls for young damsels, flannel for old wives;
Woolcards and stockings, hats for men and boys,
Mill-saws and fenders, silks, and childrens toys;
All useful things, and joined with many more,
|Compose the well-assorted country store2.
The half-bred Doctor next then settles down,
And hopes the village soon will prove a town.
No rival here disputes his doubtful skill,
He cures, by chance, or ends each human ill;
|By turns he physics, or his patient bleeds,
Uncertain in what case each best succeeds.
And if, from friends untimely snatched away,
Some beauty fall a victim to decay;
If some fine youth, his parents fond delight,
|Be early hurried to the shades of night,
Death bears the blame, tis his envenomed dart
That strikes the suffering mortal to the heart.
Beneath the shelter of a log-built shed
The country school-house next erects its head.
|No man severe, with learnings bright display,
Here leads the opening blossoms into day;
No master here, in every art refined,
Through fields of science guides the aspiring mind;
But some poor wanderer of the human race,
|Unequal to the task, supplies his place,
Whose greatest source of knowledge or of skill
Consists in reading, and in writing ill;
Whose efforts can no higher merit claim,
Than spreading Dilworths great scholastic fame.
|No modest youths surround his awful chair,
His frowns to deprecate, or smiles to share,
But all the terrors of his lawful sway
The proud despise, the fearless disobey;
The rugged urchins spurn at all control,
|Which cramps the movements of the free-born soul,
Till, in their own conceit so wise theyve grown,
They think their knowledge far exceeds his own.
As thus the village each successive year
Presents new prospects, and extends its sphere,
|While all around its smiling charms expand,
And rural beauties decorate the land.
The humble tenants, who were taught to know,
By years of suffering, all the weight of woe;
Who felt each hardship nature could endure,
|Such pains as time alone could ease or cure,
Relieved from want, in sportive pleasures find
A balm to soften and relax the mind;
And now, forgetful of their former care,
Enjoy each sport, and every pastime share.
|Beneath some spreading trees expanded shade
Here many a manly youth and gentle maid,
With festive dances or with sprightly song
The summers evening hours in joy prolong,
And as the young their simple sports renew,
|The aged witness, and approve them too.
And when the Summers bloomy charms are fled,
When Autumns fallen leaves around are spread,
When Winter rules the sad inverted year,
And ice and snow alternately appear,
|Sports not less welcome lightly they essay,
To chase the long and tedious hours away.
Here, ranged in joyous groups around the fire,
Gambols and freaks each honest heart inspire;
And if some venturous youth obtain a kiss,
|The games reward, and summit of its bliss,
Applauding shouts the victors prize proclaim,
And every tongue augments his well-earned fame;
While all the modest fair ones blushes tell
Success had crowned his fondest hopes too well.
|Dear humble sports, Oh! long may you impart
A guileless pleasure to the youthful heart,
Still may your joys from year to year increase,
And fill each breast with happiness and peace.
Yet, tho these simple pleasures crown the year,
|Relieve its cares, and every bosom cheer,
As lifes gay scenes in quick succession rise,
To lure the heart and captivate the eyes;
Soon vice steals on, in thoughtless pleasures train,
And spreads her miseries oer the village plain.
|Her baneful arts some happy home invade,
Some bashful lover, or some tender maid;
Until, at length, repressed by no control,
They sink, debase, and overwhelm the soul.
How many aching breasts now live to know
|The shame, the anguish, misery and woe,
That heedless passions, by no laws confined,
Entail forever on the human mind.
Oh, Virtue! that thy powerful charms could bind
Each rising impulse of the erring mind.
|That every heart might own thy sovereign sway,
And every bosom fear to disobey;
No fathers heart would then in anguish trace
The sad remembrance of a sons disgrace;
No mothers tears for some dear child undone
|Would then in streams of poignant sorrow run,
Nor could my verse the hapless story tell
Of one poor maid who lovedand loved too well.
Among the youths that graced their native plain,
Albert was foremost of the village train;
|The hand of nature had profusely shed
Her choicest blessings on his youthful head;
His heart seemed generous, noble, kind, and free,
Just bursting into manhoods energy.
Flora was fair, and blooming as that flower
|Which spreads its blossom to the April shower3;
Her gentle manners and unstudied grace
Still added lustre to her beaming face,
While every look, by purity refined,
Displayed the lovelier beauties of her mind.
| Sweet was the hour, and peaceful was the scene
When Albert first met Flora on the green;
Her modest looks, in youthful bloom displayed,
Then touched his heart, and there a conquest made.
Nor long he sighed, by love and rapture fired,
|He soon declared the passion she inspired.
In silence, blushing sweetly, Flora heard
His vows of love and constancy preferred;
And, as his soft and tender suit he pressed,
The maid, at length, a mutual flame confessed.
| Love now had shed, with visions light as air,
His golden prospects on this happy pair:
Those moments soon rolled rapidly away,
Those hours of joy and bliss that gently play
Around young hearts, ere yet they learn to know
|Lifes care or trouble, or to feel its woe.
The day was fixed, the bridal dress was made,
And time alone their happiness delayed,
The anxious moment that, in joy begun,
Would join their fond and faithful hearts in one.
|Twas now at evenings hour, about the time
When in Acadias cold and northern clime
The setting sun, with pale and cheerless glow,
Extends his beams oer trackless fields of snow,
That Flora felt her throbbing heart oppressed
|By thoughts, till then, a stranger to her breast.
Albert had promised that his bosoms pride
That very morning should become his bride;
Yet morn had come and passed; and not one vow
Of his had eer been broken until now.
|But, hark! a hurried step advances near,
Tis Alberts breaks upon her listening ear;
Alberts, ah, no! a ruder footstep bore,
With eager haste, a letter to the door;
Flora received it, and could scarce conceal
|Her rapture, as she kissed her lovers seal.
Yet, anxious tears were gathered in her eye,
As on the note it rested wistfully;
Her trembling hands unclosed the folded page,
That soon she hoped would every fear assuage,
|And while intently oer the lines she ran,
In broken half breathed tones she thus began:
Dear Flora, I have left my native plain,
And fate forbids that we shall meet again:
Twere vain to tell, nor can I now impart
|The sudden motive to this change of heart.
The vows so oft repeated to thine ear
As tales of cruel falsehood must appear.
Forgive the hand that deals this treacherous blow,
Forget the heart that can afflict this woe;
|Farewell! and think no more of Alberts name,
His weakness pity, now involved in shame.
Ah! who can paint her features as, amazed,
In breathless agony, she stood and gazed!
Oh, Albert, cruel Albert! she exclaimed,
|Albert was all her faltering accents named.
A deadly feeling seized upon her frame,
Her pulse throbbd quick, her colour went and came;
A darting pain shot through her frenzied head,
And from that fatal hour her reason fled!
| The sun had set; his lingering beams of light
From western hills had vanished into night.
The northern blast along the valley rolled,
Keen was that blast, and piercing was the cold,
When, urged by frenzy, and by love inspired,
|For what but madness could her breast have fired!
Flora, with one slight mantle round her waved,
Forsook her home, and all the tempest braved.
Her lovers falsehood wrung her gentle breast,
His broken vows her tortured mind possessed;
|Heedless of danger, on she bent her way
Through drifts of snow, where Alberts dwelling lay,
With frantic haste her tottering steps pursued
Amid the long nights darkness unsubdued;
Until, benumbed, her fair and fragile form
|Yielded beneath the fury of the storm;
Exhausted nature could no further go,
And, senseless, down she sank amid the snow.
Now as the morn had streaked the eastern sky
With dawning light, a passing strangers eye,
|By chance directed, glanced upon the spot
Where lay the lovely sufferer: To his cot
The peasant bore her, and with anxious care
Tried every art, till hope became despair.
With kind solicitude his tender wife
|Long vainly strove to call her back to life;
At length her gentle bosom throbs again,
Her torpid limbs their wonted power obtain;
The loitering current now begins to flow,
And hapless Flora wakes once more to woe:
|But all their friendly efforts could not find
A balm to heal the anguish of her mind.
Come hither, wretch, and see what thou hast done,
Behold the heart thou hast so falsely won,
Behold it, wounded, broken, crushed and riven,
|By thy unmanly arts to ruin driven;
Hear Flora calling on thy much loved name,
Which, een in madness, she forbears to blame.
Not all thy sighs and tears can now restore
One hour of pleasure that she knew before;
|Not all thy prayers can now remove the pain,
That floats and revels oer her maddened brain.
Oh, shame of manhood! that could thus betray
A maidens hopes, and lead her heart away;
Oh, shame of manhood! that could blast her joy,
|And one so fair, so lovely, could destroy.
Yet, think not oft such tales of real woe
Degrade the land, and round the village flow.
Here virtues charms appear in bright array,
And all their pleasing influence display;
|Here modest youths, impressed in beautys train,
Or captive led by loves endearing chain,
And fairest girls whom vows have neer betrayed,
Vows that are broken oft as soon as made,
Unite their hopes, and join their lives in one,
|In bliss pursue them, as at first begun.
Then, as lifes current onward gently flows,
With scarce one fault to ruffle its repose,
With minds prepared, they sink in peace to rest,
To meet on high the spirits of the blest.
| While time thus rolls his rapid years away,
The Village rises gently into day.
How sweet it is, at first approach of morn,
Before the silvery dew has left the lawn,
When warring winds are sleeping yet on high,
|Or breathe as softly as the bosoms sigh,
To gain some easy hills ascending height,
Where all the landscape brightens with delight,
And boundless prospects stretched on every side,
Proclaim the countrys industry and pride.
|Here the broad marsh extends its open plain,
Until its limits touch the distant main;
There verdant meads along the uplands spring,
And grateful odours to the breezes fling;
Here crops of grain in rich luxuriance rise,
|And wave their golden riches to the skies;
There smiling orchards interrupt the scene,
Or gardens bounded by some fence of green;
The farmers cottage, bosomed mong the trees,
Whose spreading branches shelter from the breeze;
|The winding stream that turns the busy mill,
Whose clacking echos oer the distant hill;
The neat white church, beside whose walls are spread
The grass-clod hillocks of the sacred dead,
Where rude cut stones or painted tablets tell,
|In laboured verse, how youth and beauty fell;
How worth and hope were hurried to the grave,
And torn from those who had no power to save.
Or, when the Summers dry and sultry sun
Adown the West his fiery course has run;
|When oer the vale his parting rays of light
Just linger, ere they vanish into night,
How sweet to wander round the wood-bound lake,
Whose glassy stillness scarce the zephyrs wake;
How sweet to hear the murmuring of the rill,
|As down it gurgles from the distant hill;
The note of Whip-poor-Will how sweet to hear4,
When sadly slow it breaks upon the ear,
And tells each night, to all the silent vale,
The hopeless sorrows of its mournful tale.
|Dear lovely spot! Oh may such charms as these,
Sweet tranquil charms, that cannot fail to please,
Forever reign around thee, and impart
Joy, peace, and comfort to each native heart.
Happy Acadia! though around thy shore5
|Is heard the stormy winds terrific roar;
Though round thee Winter binds his icy chain,
And his rude tempests sweep along thy plain,
Still Summer comes, and decorates thy land
With fruits and flowers from her luxuriant hand;
|Still Autumns gifts repay the labourers toil
With richest products from thy fertile soil;
With bounteous store his varied wants supply,
And scarce the plants of other suns deny.
How pleasing, and how glowing with delight
|Are now thy budding hopes! How sweetly bright
They rise to view! How full of joy appear
The expectations of each future year!
Not fifty Summers yet have blessed thy clime,
How short a period in the page of time!
|Since savage tribes, with terror in their train,
Rushed oer thy fields, and ravaged all thy plain.
But some few years have rolled in haste away
Since, through thy vales, the fearless beast of prey,
With dismal yell and loud appalling cry,
|Proclaimed his midnight reign of terror nigh.
And now how changed the scene! the first, afar,
Have fled to wilds beneath the northern star;
The last has learned to shun mans dreaded eye,
And, in his turn, to distant regions fly.
|While the poor peasant, whose laborious care
Scarce from the soil could wring his scanty fare;
Now in the peaceful arts of culture skilled,
Sees his wide barn with ample treasures filled;
Now finds his dwelling, as the year goes round,
|Beyond his hopes, with joy and plenty crowned.
Nor cultures arts, a nations noblest friend,
Alone oer Scotias fields their power extend;
From all her shores, with every gentle gale,
Commerce expands her free and swelling sail;
|And all the land, luxuriant, rich, and gay,
Exulting owns the splendour of their sway.
These are thy blessings, Scotia, and for these,
For wealth, for freedom, happiness, and ease,
Thy grateful thanks to Britains care are due,
|Her power protects, her smiles past hopes renew,
Her valour guards thee, and her councils guide,
Then, may thy parent ever be thy pride!
Happy Britannia! though thy historys page
In darkest ignorance shrouds thine infant age,
|Though long thy childhoods years in error strayed,
And long in superstitions bands delayed;
Maturd and strong, thou shinst in manhoods prime,
The first and brightest star of Europes clime.
The nurse of science, and the seat of arts,
|The home of fairest forms and gentlest hearts;
The land of heroes, generous, free, and brave,
The noblest conquerors of the field and wave;
Thy flag, on every sea and shore unfurled,
Has spread thy glory, and thy thunder hurled.
|When, oer the earth, a tyrant would have thrown
His iron chain, and called the world his own,
Thine arm preserved it, in its darkest hour,
Destroyed his hopes, and crushed his dreaded power,
To sinking nations life and freedom gave,
|Twas thine to conquer, as twas thine to save.
Then blest Acadia! ever may thy name,
Like hers, be graven on the rolls of fame;
May all thy sons, like hers, be brave and free,
Possessors of her laws and liberty;
|Heirs of her splendour, science, power, and skill,
And through succeeding years her children still.
And as the sun, with gentle dawning ray,
From nights dull bosom wakes, and leads the day,
His course majestic keeps, till in the height
|He glows one blaze of pure exhaustless light;
So may thy years increase, thy glories rise,
To be the wonder of the Western skies;
And bliss and peace encircle all thy shore,
Till empires rise and sink, on earth, no more.
The golden corn triumphant waves its head. The process of clearing land,
though simple, is attended with a great deal of labour. The trees are all felled, so as to
lie in the same direction; and after the fire has passed over them in that state, whatever
may be left is collected into heaps, and reduced to ashes. The grain is then sown between
the stumps of the trees, which remain, until the lapse of time, from ten to fifteen years,
reduces them to decay.[back]
Compose the well-assorted country Store. Every shop in America, whether in
city or village, in which the most trifling articles are sold, is dignified with the title
of a store. [back]
Which spreads its blossom to the April shower; The May-flower (Epigaea
repens) is indigenous to the wilds of Acadia, and is in bloom from the middle of April
to the end of May. Its leaves are white, faintly tinged with red, and it possesses a
delightful fragrance. [back]
The note of Whip-poor-Will how sweet to hear. The Whip-poor-Will
(Caprimulgus vociferus) is a native of America. On a summers evening the wild
and mournful cadence of its note is heard at a great distance; and the traveller listens
with delight to the repeated tale of its sorrows.[back]
Happy Acadia! though around thy shore. The Provinces of Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick now comprehend that part of British North America, which was formerly
denominated Acadia, or LAcadie, by the French, and Nova Scotia by the English. [back]