Preface in New Zealand Minstrelsy
that this little attempt in the matter of song may tend
not only to add to the literature of our Colony, thereby
extracting some of the sweets which lie hid among the
many asperities of colonial life; but also to endear our
adopted country the more to the bosom of the bonâ
fide settler; as such, in days of yore, has often induced a
people to take a firmer hold of their country, by not only
inspiring them with a spirit of patriotic magnanimity,
but also in making them the more connected as a people
in the eyes of others.
- may we not endeavour to hand down to our posterity some familiar remembrance
- a tribute to the
memory of the early settlers of our Colony
Come to the Bush in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Come to the bush, my boys,
/ Where fortune’s way ’s before ye;
/ Leave the city’s idle joys,
/ And follow fame and glory.
Stanzas — On hearing of the Sudden Demise of Mr. G. Copeland, on May 22, 1866, Aged 65 Years in The New Zealand Survey
- Now, one by one, as tree leaves fall
/ Upon a sunny autumn day,
/ As ripe and mellow’d, Heav’n would call
/ Colonial pioneers away!
/ These twenty-six years have they toil’d,
/ And borne the burden of the day;
/ While making Nature’s face, so wild,
/ To look as civilized and gay.
- Ere such another time comes round,
/ What changes may succeed apace;
/ First colonists will scarce be found,
/ To tell the history of the place.
An Ode on Manawatu in The New Zealand Survey
- Fresh glories on Pioneers, worthy and true,
/ Who venture again on fresh toils, as at first,
/ Themselves to establish, and offspring anew;
Preface in The New Zealand Survey
- The hardy settler, under whose guidance such civilizing influences are introduced, displays a courage and energy more worthy the world’s esteem than all the exploits of Knights errant in the semi-barbaric ages of yore.
- The humble emigrant, as well as him of larger means, who leaves the refinements of an old yet increasingly civilized mode of being, and departing for other scenes and trials of which he can have no just conception, though inspired with a hope of doing well, even such may well be regarded as “Knights exemplar” in respect to the work in which they engage, such as conquering not only the wildness of nature, but also in subduing the savageness of fellow beings run wild, while introducing civilization into their habits and their homes; thus paving the way for the expected approach of universal peace and brotherly affection.
Canto Third in The New Zealand Survey
- It must be clothed with all such requisites
/ That can be called attractive, and conduce
/ To welfare, in a future time ordained,—
/ (So far as elemental weal’s concerned
/ Consistent with the curse which hangs o’er earth,
/ With much of mercy, undeserved attached!)—
/ In genial clime, as capable to yield
/ Much paradisian cheer, when well prepared!
/ Since man, where’er he dwells, must earn by toil
/ His living—thus himself declaring far
/ Above the brute capacity of life,
/ And owning a dependence on the care
/ Of bounteous Providence—he must exert
/ Th’ endowments of his reason, and his skill,
/ As talents in his care to be improved;
/ Thus earning happiness, such as the earth
/ Has in its power to yield; though he must rove
/ To seek his welfare, or another home,
/ As prompted by his emigrating will;
/ Or love of acquisition in a part
/ Of Nature’s earth, that he can call his own!
- And in the nature of His bounteous grace,
/ He called these islands forth, as to prepare
/ New scenes of active life, and stud this field
/ Of emptiness with other scenes of bliss,
/ In fruitful lands, as might outvie the north
/ With all its bulk of continental shores!
- where such form’d
/ In particles, or nuggets of some note;
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- This land would thus tread close
/ The heels of mother country in the march
/ Of civilization, and improvements vast
/ Affecting much the southern world at large
- Those pilgrim fathers, who have bravely left
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Your works shall shew where virtue claims to dwell
/ While musing o’er the past; for as in yore
/ The founders of a nation have been held
/ In awful veneration; so may you
/ Brave pioneers! of futute greatness, be
/ In th’ annals of the country held endeared!
- Ye pioneers! who thus have ventured on
/ A life of hardihood, and ample toil,
/ “Have courage!” be not flagging in your aims;
/ Though much there is before you, that bespeaks
/ Hard labor without end, as fain to mar
/ One’s perseverance; yet, before you lie
/ Rewards to be obtained! Fresh courage take!
/ ’Tis manly still to cope with trials; and
/ To overcome them with true energy,
/ Is victory worthy praise, in which much joy
/ May be experienced with exalted mind;
- But shall the time arrive when foul distrust
/ Shall take possession of the Native’s heart,
/ And there arouse cupidity and strife,
/ Forgetful of advantages enjoy’d
/ From friendly intercourse of settlers round;
/ That war must interrupt the course of peace,
/ And sorrows consequent on all to bring?
/ Peace is the gen’ral order of the day
/ With British hearts; and war their strangest work!
/ But when to war they must arise, it is
/ To bring good order from confusion’s mess;
/ Not to exterminate with ruthless ire,
/ Like that of savage breed, but to subdue
/ Th’ unruly, and such to repentance bring!
- So has New Zealand favoured been at length
/ Of being recognised, a place on which
/ A dispensation good might be bestow’d!—
/ While, guided by a Power, that’s oft ignored
/ By many, who to scepticism are prone,
/ Have enterprizing Britain sent her sons
/ Themselves t’ establish here; another germ,
/ Of some great future nation to implant,
/ Britannia’s institutions to extend;
/ As if that Power who rules,—and overrules
/ The world’s affairs by man himself,—had chosen
/ This agent, best some purpose to fulfil,
/ As tending to the happiness of all;
/ Thus to Britannia’s guardianship is giv’n
/ New Zealand, where a nation may be reared
/ To prove “a Britain” of the Southern Seas!
- But otherwise, by a kind Providence,
/ Has been ordained their welfare to secure; (4)
/ For as the land, in peace, could not have rest
/ By those to whom at first it was bestowed,
/ Another race of gen’rous temp’rament,
/ And skill sagacious, coming from afar
/ Must gain possession, not by violence,
/ But by true purchase: both remun’rative
/ In price, and in advantages to flow
/ From civ’lization’s intercourse, the best!
/ And whose experience, in field culture’s art,
/ Will shew them how they to account might turn
/ Those principles of comfort, long inert,
/ Found richly to exist in such a clime;
/ And who would shew, “How good to cultivate
/ The social arts of peace;”—
- Could this unhappy people, as they were,
/ Be called the true possessors of the soil?
/ Their occupancy never seemed secure;
/ And dread debarred their aiming to improve
/ In cultivation’s art, or ev’n t’ extend
/ Their labours more than served a present need;
/ Or what some exigency might demand!
/ But not for social intercourse in trade
/ Among their neighb’ring tribes; for jealousy
/ Debarr’d such efforts, lest they’d fall a prey
/ To lawless lust; and, as their wants were few,
/ So even these with little must be met;
/ Unless it were when plund’ring was the rule!
/ The wilderness remained an idle waste!
/ The land was uninhabited, while those,
- Yon majestic trees,
/ Which have for ages stood the stormy blast,
/ Are destined soon to feel the settlers axe,
/ And by it be laid prostrate, as they are
/ Considered now mere cumbrers of that ground
/ He means to turn to fields of growing grain;
/ A noble change indeed! Thus nature wild
/ Must wear another aspect, feel renewed
/ With civilization introduced, where once
/ The wildest solitudes supremely reigned!
Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- Just think yourself in such distress
/ From hunger, and from nakedness,
/ Brought on thee through no fault of thine,
/ Which fain ye tried t’ escape;—combine
/ With that, a helpless offspring train
/ Crying to thee for bread. What pain
/ Of soul must such thee yield, to know
/ You have it not, while double woe
/ Would tear thy feelings, when ye tried
/ To gain it, and have been denied!—
/ Next, think of such-an-one, who loud
/ Would make thy sorrows known abroad,
/ As help he craved for thee;—but when
/ Such calls were heard and answer’d,—then
/ He to himself retain’d, with pride,
/ Such benefits, and left thee void!
- You know, dear brother, when we left
/ Our comfortable homes, bereft
/ Of all th’ endearments home could yield
/ Through social bless; no other shield
/ Of fair protection had we, than
/ Mere promises!—Now to a man
Canto V in The New Zealand Survey
- Looking back upon the history of the past, in so far as it regards that of the colony; and taking into consideration the hard beginnings of many a worthy old colonist, and how they faced hardship and privations with spirits of bravery; and having through arduous perseverance and toil got, as it were, through the hardest of the struggle, and coming out, so to speak, to the prospect of a time of rest and enjoyment; then, at that time,
- It was truly a very remarkable coincidence when, as it is understood, the savans of the British parliament, in the year 1839, had been considering whether or not they should take possession of New Zealand, while about the same time a New Zealand land company had started into existence, and also had just sent a batch of emigrants as a preliminary of what were to follow. About the same time the Government of France had come to a conclusion to do what the British Government were not quite sure of doing; and so also had despatched a man-of-war ship with some emigrants, as a prelude of what were to follow. But before the French expedition had arrived, Governor Gipps, of New South Wales, had got apprized of the arrival of the New Zealand Land Company’s staff of officials, &c., and acting on behalf of his Sovereign, he sent Captain Hobson to take possession of the New Zealand islands in the Queen’s name, which mission he had only fulfilled in time to prevent the messengers of the French Government from establishing their claim and authority there. Had it been otherwise, instead of the Natives being dealt with according to the rules of common justice, by
Canto I in The New Zealand Survey
- If we look on the map of the Southern Hemisphere one may easily perceive that it requires no great amount of prescience (especially to a mind of thought and enterprize, even although such spirit of enterprize may not have the power or means to put thought in a practical or tangible form) to see and shew to others how New Zealand shall yet become the Great Britain of the South. Take into consideration the genial climate of New Zealand, then its extensive seaboard, its numerous harbours and navigable rivers, such that may be much improved upon, and again its multitude of inland never failing streams, many of them well adapted, with little expense or trouble, for the driving of any kind of machinery for manufacturing purposes, where perhaps steam engines would be of less service through the want of a cheap supply of coal, should such prove to be scarce. Those streams with their waterfalls and rapids, how easily could they be brought into actual service in aiding the enterprize and industry of those who may yet discover their interests lying in that direction; so that instead of sending the wool of the country away to be spun and manufactured elsewhere—only to be brought back again with heavy charges attached,—such could be spun and manufactured here, to be dispersed among markets elsewhere. Standing on this point of view and looking toward the numerous islands and their populations, on the vast Pacific ocean, and taking into consideration the extensive field of wealth there will be to work upon, in the development of their resources, from which every kind of raw material in cotton and other produce may be had to be manufactured in New Zealand for the markets of the southern world. On the one hand, not only see the naked wants of the Pacific islanders, but also see the whole
Geordie’s Return in The New Zealand Survey
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- All begging for inhabitants to come
/ To take possession of their fertile soils,—
- Time verily there was, as all around
/ Can testify, ’gainst risk of much dispute,
/ When o’er those summits roll’d the ample waves,
/ Of boundless ocean, shewing an expanse, (1)
/ Round which but seemed to rest th’ etherial dome!
/ And there the great leviathans of the deep,
/ In their disport, have gamboled monster forms
/ Mid oceans, to all enterprise unknown;
/ Which enterprise, had such been exercised,
/ Might oft have proved destructive to their joys,
/ As buoyantly they scaled those heights, or dived
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- The naked surface feels
/ Itself productive, though of simplest tribe
/ Of vegetation, yet it augers well
/ For what in future time it may bring forth
/ When that time has arrived.
A Retrospective Reverie. — On receiving the “Hamilton Advertiser” a provincial newspaper, sent from “Home,” 1859 in The New Zealand Survey
- And some, like me, have wandered far,
/ As led by Fancy’s guiding star,
/ And homely scenes of youth deserted.
/ A nation’s in her hamlets honoured!
Canto Sixth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Deep, deep regret took hold upon her heart,
/ And proved the very cancer of her life;
/ She saw her first in excellence and worth,
/ And so deseried the worthlessness of him
/ She own’d,—the “crooked lot” which she took up:
/ For, dissolute in habits now he proved.
/ And he at length for forgery was exiled
/ To penal servitude; there, much disgraced,
/ He closed his life in wretchedness and woe!
/ Thus, she a friendless sufferer had become;
/ While suffering for the deed which was not hers,
/ All through connection with a worthless one!
A Lay on Wanganui in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- What now is seen, is prelude mere
/ Of what in future may occur
/ As shipping large may hither steer
/ With merchandise without demur;
/ Like that upon the Thames, or Clyde,
/ Which would make northern Britain great;—
/ When science makes this stream “the pride”
/ Of other days, in prosprous state!
Canto Third in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Now, to illustrate such a doctrine given.
/ Permit the Muse such instances to give
/ That best can stir th’ affections of the heart,—
/ The best affections bent on virtue’s course
/ Which best accord with Heaven’s eternal truth!
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