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    TO THE CUMBERLAND MOUNTAINS.   Table of Contents     EVENING AMONG THE CUMBERLANDS.

Smith, Effie Waller
Rhymes from the Cumberland

- AMONG THE "BREAKS" OF BIG SANDY -- RIVER. -- OCTOBER 1902.


AMONG THE "BREAKS" OF BIG SANDY
RIVER.
OCTOBER 1902.

The "Breaks" are a picturesque gorge about five miles long in the Cumberland Mountains, through which the beautiful Sandy river flows.


One halcyon day in Autumn
Upon a wave-washed stone
I sat beside the river's edge,
Musing, and all alone.

On either side of the river rose
High towering towards the sky
The rugged, rock bound hills whereon
I heard the spruce pines sigh.
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The pipe reeds withered, brown and sere,
The partridge, mellow drumming,
The many colored flying leaves
Foretold of Winter's coming.

Above me calm and still there stretch I
A lovely lakelet blue,
Upon its shallow water swam
Wild ducks of somber hue.

The gaudy crested pheasant bird
Made low a whirring sound;
I heard a cataract that fell
On boulders huge and round.

I watched the white and billowy clouds
That floated lazily
With sun encircled edges through
The purple tinted sky.

I never knew a sweeter look
Of Nature ever wearing,
I never saw her more sublime,
With more grand awesome bearing

Than when among Big Sandy's "Breaks"
October last upon
That long-to-be-remembered day
I spent with her alone.

My soul was thrilled with rhapsodies
And filled with thoughts I can't express
O'er her grandeur, sublimity,
And her simple loveliness.
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Methought as on that stone I sat
In wandering reverie,
"Were I a hermit, sure this place
My hermitage would be."

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