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and his ropes.
which would effectually annihilate all inferior sounds.
Having given my directions, I sat down upon the edge of the precipice, and gradually pushed myself off, at the mercy of the man
In a moment every object swam from my dazzled sight, which suddenly became veiled as in a shroud of chaotic night; my bewildered faculties, no longer capable of their ordinary functions, flew in wild uproar to the confines of that wilderness where distraction holds her infuriate course, and where all is darkness, horror, and death. I suppose myself to have undergone the first and most painful approaches to insanity; my tongue cleaved to the roof of my mouth, and animation no longer invigorated my frame. Suspended in the horrible vortex, and dangling amidst angry foam, I became as a lifeless log. I can recollect the sensations which I experienced when I no longer felt the firmness of earth under my feet, and when nought but the emptiness of air surrounded me, to be the most horrible I had ever sustained. I felt as if hurled into a bottomless abyss, through whose dark and interminable extent, I was
doomed to fall, time without end. Had not an happy state of insensibility forbade me from a further knowledge of my situation, I should, doubtless, have experienced all the horrors of an incurable insanity.
How long I was kept in that situation I was then totally ignorant of, but I remember awaking as from a dream of terrors, and finding myself placed upon my back, by the side of the road which leads over the Fall, and the poor man hanging over me with clasped hands, cardavarous phiz, fixed eyes, and many other little inuendos that betokened his dire dismay. He had imagined my spirit was no longer of this world, and consequently was not without reflections of his own, touching the mode of my death, that did not sit very easy with him ; however, I had no sooner perceived my situation, than I jumped up, much to our mutual satisfaction, and enquired how long I had been retained in my last perilous durance? He answered that under the supposition that I was enjoying the scene, he had suffered me to remain about a quarter of an hour; but when he drew me up, and found on to the grass, and amidst the most painful apprehensions, lamented my supposed death.
Being completely recovered, I was now conducted, by my guide, to the smaller Fall of Foyers, which is situated about half a mile from the other, up the same stream. This cataract is surrounded by very wild and romantic scenery, falls upwards of an hundred feet, and is rendered more interestingly pic. turesque by ihe ornaments of
ancient bridge, which is thrown over a chasm in the rocks, immediately over the Fall, The mind of the feeling spectator is filed by sensations of awe, and not a little of uneasiness, when he stands upon this frail building, and bend. ing over, eyes the immense profundity of the chasin under him, together with the impetuous force and lond uproar of the cataract which shake the bridge.
Although this Fall is extremely grand, and the surrounding objects remarkably picturesque, yet its vast inferiority to the other, in all the great requisites of subline, or beautiful scenery, compel the spectator to the wish that it was seen before it.
The woods, water, rocks, and mountains,
which are disposed in beautiful or magnificent groups, every where arrest the eye, and fix its attention. I derived a degree of exquisite and undefinable pleasure, from a contemplation of the scenery in the neighbourhood of the Falls of Foyers, which memory still dwells upon with delight, and whose yet strongly marked lineaments contribute towards my happiness, when I turn my eye inwards, and look back upon the days of my innocence,
, my inexperience, and my youth, when I wandered in the ways of men, with the steps of a stranger, and felt an ardent desire to join with my fellow.creatures in the bonds of amity and eternal fidelity. Then, indeed, I considered the sensations my mind experienced from an intercourse with Nature's most sublime or beautiful works, as
a very far inferior species of delight, from that which I expected to derive from the society of an enlightened body of my fellow.creatures, whom I had imagined to have berded together for the express purposes of rendering the condition of man more worthy of his exalted nature, than when immured in his native wilderness, deed was my anguish, when in after-life I found my dreams of joy to vanish from my grasp, and melt into thinnest air.
I amused myself with making sketches of the scenery, until the fall of twilight com. pelled me to bid a lasting adieu to the mag: nificent prospects before me, and I. returned: with my guide to the Hut.
« Confess’d from yonder slow-extinguish'd clouds, “ All ether soft'ning, sober evening takes * Her wonted station in the middle air ; " A thousand shadows at her beck. First this “ She sends on earth; then that of deeper dye « Steals soft behind; and then a deeper still, * In circle following circle, gathers round
To close the face of things. A fresher gale « Begins to wave the wood, and stir the stream, of Sweeping, with shadowy gusts, the fields of corn; , " While the quail clamours for his running mate. • Wide o'er the thirsty lawn, as swells the breeze, “ A whitening shower of vegetable down “ Amusive floats. The kind impartial care " Of Nature nought disdains: thoughtful to feed “ Her lowest sons, and clothe the coming year, “ From field to field the feather'd seed she wings.
“ His folded flock secure, the shepherd home es Hies, merry-hearted ; and by turns relieves