A Niagara Landscape

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 272, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby
1Heavy with haze that merges and melts free
2    Into the measureless depth on either hand,
3    The full day rests upon the luminous land
4In one long noon of golden reverie.
5Now hath the harvest come and gone with glee.
6    The shaven fields stretch smooth and clean away,
7    Purple and green, and yellow, and soft gray,
8Chequered with orchards. Farther still I see
9Towns and dim villages, whose roof-tops fill
10    The distant mist, yet scarcely catch the view.
12        And far to westward, where yon pointed towers
13    Rise faint and ruddy from the vaporous blue,


11] Thorold: southern Ontario town that Lampman acknowledged as his birthplace and that owed its industries to the Welland Canal. Back to Line
14] Saint Catharines: an incorporated city in the Niagara fruit belt, served by rail and the Welland Canal. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.