“Lovely Watauga”: Full Text of 1890 poem by H.C. Moore

This past week’s column featured the first verse of a poem printed in the June 26th, 1890 issue of the Watauga Democrat newspaper.

Below is this poetic praise of Watauga County, NC, in its fullness.

O! ’tis a pleasure

Far beyond measure

During the hot summer days,

To find a retreat

In Watauga’s hills

And gladly repeat

On her winding rills

Watauga’s unbounded praise.


Her scenery grand

As famed Switzerland

Everywhere strikes the vision;

The picturesque view

Of lovely mountains

Enwrapt in deep blue,

Of crystal fountains,

Is fair as fields Elysian.


And the people too,

Open, frank, and true,

Give welcome in every home;

So kind and so free,

So jovial too,

‘Twere joyous to be

With them all life through;

is a sorrow from them to roam.


The maidens are there

So sweet and so fair,

beauty no artist can draw;

So noble the heart,

so ready the hand,

True deed to impart

And error withstand:

a wonder that love is not law.


O! fair Watauga,

Lovely Watauga,

O your evergreen mountain spires;

With a thousand vales

Of grass and grain,

With your gentle gales

And summer rain. —

nor to thee from sons and sires!

H.C. MOORE

Visit the Watauga Democrat newspaper online at www.wataugademocrat.com

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Published in: on June 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. This is the Ward homeplace that was located on Phillips Branch Road, Sugar Grove, NC. This house was torn down and one was built across the road in the same style as this house. Formerly Leonard Ward live at the second house. He is deceased now.


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