"This prospect vast, -- what is it?
Viewed aright, 'tis Nature's system of Divinity,
'Tis elder Scripture, writ by God's own hand;
Scripture authentic, -- uncorrupt by Man."
To the General Reader, who may wish through
other eyes than his own to look on the beauty and magnificence of
nature; to the inhabitants of the counties of Greene, Ulster, and
Schoharie, fond of the history and traditions of their fathers; to
the multitudes who have visited the mountains, and love to read and
think of them, and to the thousands who each year visit them, with
those who may do so in time to come, this work is respectfully