342 Old-time Schools and School-books
Now let the muse some incense bring, As we the works of nature sing,
is the way he begins, and below are extracts culled here and there from succeeding pages : —
America (our native) streams, Shall first awhile become our themes, Both lakes and rivers, great and small, Which in th' Atlantic Ocean fall.
After naming the more important coast rivers, the book remarks: —
Now o'er these streams thus having glanc'd, And hastily, thus far advanc'd, Not having left the sounding shore, Next their main sources shall explore ; And on the wing which poets feign, Soar to each mount, skim o'er the plain, To find the little purling rill, And which the largest rivers fill.
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One river, of enormous size, To west of Mississippi lies. . . . The river this call'd Missouri, And tow'rd south-east its courses lie,
This river, from what I can see, Can't less than the Ohio be.
Skipping to where the book is describing leading towns, we find these lines: —
An island is well known to fame, Manhattan is this island's name. . . .