'Aire Force' (Allom and Rose)
... Showering and springing,
Flying and flinging,
Writhing and ringing,
Eddying and whisking,
Spouting and frisking,
Turning and twisting,
Around and around
With endless rebound! ...
Dizzying and deafening the ear with its sound ...
Receding and speeding,
And whizzing and hissing,
And dripping and skipping,
And hitting and spitting ...
And thumping and pumping and bumping and jumping,
And dashing and flashing and splashing and clashing;
And so never ending, but always descending,
Sounds and motions for ever and ever are blending,
All at once and all o'er with a mighty uproar.
And this way the water comes down at Lodore.
('Rhymes for the Nursery' 1812)
Southey wrote this poem to answer a nursery query,
"How does the water come down at Lodore?"
Lodore is a waterfall in the Lake District, near Lake Derwentwater.
(The images and words are taken from 'The Illustrated Lake Poets' by Molly Lefebure)