Quote to Start Your Week: Alexander Wilson
Posted by on July 7, 2014

Alexander Wilson, born July 6, 1766, was a poet, illustrator and ornithologist. He is considered the “Father of American Ornithology,” although he was born in Scotland. In honor of his birthday yesterday, here is an excerpt from a poem he wrote about eagles above Niagara Falls soon after he became an American citizen:

“Now ‘midst the pillared spray sublimely lost,
And now, emerging down the rapids tost,
Swept the gray eagles; gazing calm and slow,
On all the horrors of the gulf below.”

-Alexander Wilson, The Poetical Works of Alexander Wilson

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