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intermingled clump of birches and hazels stretch half-way across, tripling with their shade the apparent depth of the pool, and heightening in an equal ratio the white flicker of the cascade, and the effect of the bright patches of foam which, flung from the rock, incessantly revolve on the eddy.
4. Mark now the geology of the ravine. For about halfway from where it opens to the shore, to where the path is obstructed by the deep mossy pool and the cascade, its precipitous sides consist of three bars or stories. There is first, reckoning from the stream upwards, a broad bar of pale red; then a broad bar of pale lead color; last and highest, a broad bar of pale yellow; and above all, there rises a steep green slope that continues its ascent till it gains the top of the ridge.
5. The middle, lead-colored bar is an ichthyolite bed, a place of sepulture among the rocks, where the dead lie by myriads. The yellow bar above is a thick bed of saliferous sandstone. We
e may see the projections on which the sun has beat most powerfully, covered with a white crust of salt, and it may be deemed worthy of remark, in connection with the circumstance, that its shelves and crannies are richer in vegetation than those of the other bars. The pale red bar below is composed of a coarser and harder sandstone, which forms an upper moiety of the arenaceous por. tion of the great conglomerate.
6. Now mark, further, that on reaching a midway point between the beach and the cascade, this triple-barred line of precipices abruptly terminates, and a line of precipices of coarse conglomerate as abruptly begins. I occasionally pass a continuous wall, built at two different periods, and composed of two different kinds of material; the one-half of it is formed of white sandstone, the other half of a dark-colored
basalt; and the place where the sandstone ends and the basalt begins is marked by a vertical line, on the one side of which all is dark colored, while all is of a light color on the other.
7. Equally marked and abrupt is the vertical line which (separates the triple-barred from the conglomerate cliffs of the ravine of Eathie. The ravine itself may be described as a fault in the strata, but here is a fault lying at right angles with it, on a much larger scale; the great conglomerate on which the triple bars rest has been cast up at least two hundred feet, and placed side by side with them.
8. And yet the surfice above bears no trace of the catastrophe. Denuding agencies of even greater power than those which have hollowed out the cliffs of the neighboring coast, or whose operations have been prolonged through periods of
more extended duration, have ground down the projected line of the upheaved mass to the level of the undisturbed masses beside it.
9. Now mark further, as we ascend the ravine, that the grand cause of the disturbance appears to illustrate, as it
very happily, the manner in which the fault was originally produced. The precipice, over which the stream leaps at one bound into the mossy hollow, is composed of granitic gneiss, and seems evidently to have introduced itself, with much disturbance, among the surrounding conglomerate and sandstones.
10. A few hundred yards higher up the dell, there is another much loftier precipice of gneiss, round which we ind the traces of still greater disturbance; and higher still, yet a third abrupt precipice of the same rock. The gneiss rose trap-like, in steps, and carried up the sandstone before it in detached squares.
Each step has its answering fault
were, and that
immediately over it; and the fault where the triple bars and the conglomerate meet is merely a fault whose step of granitic gneiss stopped short ere it reached the surface.
LXXIV.-AN ORDER FOR A PICTURK
1. O, good painter, tell me true,
Has your hand the cunning to draw
Shapes of things that you never saw ?
The picture must not be over bright, —
Yet all in the golden and gracious light
3. Alway and alway, night and morn,
Lying between them, not quite sere,
Under their tassels, - cattle near,
And fair young faces all ablush;
Perhaps you may have seen, some day,
Roses crowding the self-same way, Out of a wilding, way-side bush.
5. Listen closer. When you have done
With woods and cornfields and grazing herds,
The clear blue eyes, the tender smile,
I need not speak these foolish words:
She is my
agree That all the rest may be thrown away.
mother : you
6. Two little urchins at her knee
The other with a clearer brow,
God knoweth if he be living now,-
Nobody ever crossed her track
To bring us news, and she never came back. Ah, 'tis twenty long years
and more Since that old ship went out of the bay
With my great-hearted brother on her deck:
I watched him till he shrank to a speck, And his face was toward me all the way.
7. Bright his hair was, a golden brown,
The time we stood at our mother's knee; That beauteous head, if it did go down,
Carried sunshine into the sea !
8. Out in the fields one summer night
We were together, half afraid
Of the high hills, stretching so still and far,-
And, over the hay-stack's pointed top,
The first half-hour, the great yellow star,
Propped and held in its place in the skies
Dead at the top,—just one branch full
Of leaves, notched round, and lined with wool, From which it tenderly shook the dew
Over our heads, when we came to play
Afraid to go home, sir; for one of us bore
9. At last we stood at our mother's knee.
Do you think, sir, if you try,