Stanzas, Extemporaneously Written on a Stormy Night, Dalserf, November 4, 1833 in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Loud roars the wind; while round the chimney top,
/ The midnight spirits breathe with dol’rous groan;
/ And furies round the rattling windows yell,
/ As me to startle musing here alone.
/ Thus, in my cabin by the fireside set,
/ Where glimm’ring embers lend their little light,
/ I listen to the sound of tempests strong
/ Loud raging—vexing sore the ear of night.
- Let Heav’n be praised! who me from such preserved,
/ And in His providence has kindly bless’d
/ Me with a home,—thus cabin’d from the storm,
/ Provided with a couch, on which to rest.
The South-East Storm in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Cold! cold! is each blast,—and the cottager mourns
/ All labour now stay’d till fair weather returns;—
/ But make the hearth blaze, and let shut be the door;
/ Keep comfort within though the tempest should roar.
The Lover’s Invitation in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- So make my place thy home, nor let me cheerless roam,
Evening Industry in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- But from his humble cottage, lone,
/ His wife’s sweet strains fell on his ear,
The Bushman’s Harvest Home in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- With homely cheer
/ His board is quickly spread,
/ His partner dear
/ Delights to make him glad.
/ From circle gay, and blazing hearth
/ No wish has he to roam;
/ Content and happy, he enjoys
/ His humble harvest home.
Reflections over a Lark’s Nest in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- For, see! what care
/ She has bestow’d upon her little brood
/ to make them happy. Lo! how well is made
/ Her small, neat, grounded nest. Were we to scan
/ Its structure with minuteness, and the plan,
/ In which it is so carefully contrived,
/ Then would we ask, From whom has she derived,
/ Such art and knowledge? Was it e’er from man?
/ Or was she taught by any artizan
/ To build her nest? No! Nature is her guide,
/ From whom she wisdom learns,—how to provide
/ For this her progeny. And what’s designed,
/ Is neatly done! How softly it is lined,
/ For comfort to her young, her only care,
/ That are, as yet, of Nature’s clothing bare.
/ And, lo! the outward bulwarks of its form,
/ How well ’tis built ’gainst the usurping worm,
/ To save her eggs, and tender brood from harm.
/ What wisdom’s this? What mother could do more!
/ To shield her infant charge, Sing, ye that soar
/ Aloft! With loudest carols make the air
/ Resound, to cheer your mates in their domestic care.
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- so that virtue well might reign
/ The source of all prosperity and peace!
/ The ultimate design of providence
/ In peopling earth, subduing desert wilds,
/ Is now in progress; where a clearing’s formed,
/ A good beginning’s seen, prelusively
/ Of happier events to be brought forth,
/ Though still in future hid; as harvests good,
/ Of plenteous return, are the results
/ Of industry in spring; so future things
/ Indicative of great events to come
/ In the still further future, are results
/ Of small beginnings buried in the past!
/ Thus ev’ry humble effort that’s put forth
/ In such a wilderness, to make a home,
/ That effort bears its own proportion to
On a Meeting of Friends in The New Zealand Survey
- How pleasant ’tis truly to witness friends meeting,
/ Who long have been parted and strangers become,
/ When hands are extended and grasped, either greeting
/ With smiling sweet welcomes—each bosom’s a home!
/ Yes, truly, ’tis pleasant; ’tis like the sun beaming
/ On nature, who joyous exults in her sway,
/ Displaying her beauties, with summer flowers gleaming
/ In all their bright colors, a gorgeous display!
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!
A Dinner Hour Reverie in The New Zealand Survey
- How sad when one so far is left
/ As to despondency a prey,
/ To fall, as some have tempted been
/ Deranged, to cast themselves away!
/ Like him we lately from the waves
/ Drew lifeless—a sad wreck, o’ercome
/ By wayward fortunes; thus forlorn
/ Of hope, he fled his earthly home.
/ Alas, temptations such as this
/ Are apt to rise in minds of gloom,
/ Oh spare kind Heaven such victims frail;
/ ’Middark’ning cares their minds illume!
Auld Jamie Waft.—A Song in The New Zealand Survey
- Now laird of the land the auld man has become,
/ With plenty tae mak’ up the comforts of home;
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- Those pilgrim fathers, who have bravely left
- He, as imprisoned in his domicile,
/ Feels much akin to Noah in his ark,
/ And looks out on the waters rushing by
/ With anxious eye, yet hoping he’s above
/ The water’s reach, which otherwise might mar
/ The comfort of his dwelling, ev’n although
/ On piles ’tis seated high above the ground!
Stanzas — To the Memory of Wm. Swainson, Esq., F.R.S. &c., — Departed hence, December 7, 1855 in The New Zealand Survey
- Thus made he earth agreeable, while he
/ But waited on until such time would come,
/ When he’d receive his welcomed summons home,
/ And be from earth’s absorbing cares set free;
/ When thus, exultingly beyond the tomb,
/ He’d reap fruitions of his hopes in immortality.
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- As one returns from a protracted tour
/ ’Mid foreign climes, and hails his boyhood’s home,
/ Recounting many changes, all for good,
/ That has occurred since when he left, in truth,
/ Impressing much his heart with hallowed joy;
A Retrospective Reverie. — On receiving the “Hamilton Advertiser” a provincial newspaper, sent from “Home,” 1859 in The New Zealand Survey
- My heart rejoices in the thought
/ That all are active in progression!—
- And some, like me, have wandered far,
/ As led by Fancy’s guiding star,
/ And homely scenes of youth deserted.
Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- 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 Fourth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- —Thus did she find employment, both at home,
/ And round the neighbourhood; such aptly fit
/ To smooth th’ asperities of her own lot;
Canto Sixth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Love cultivated brings its own reward;
/ It yields like all good crops abundant joy!
/ A loveless life but ill becomes the soul
/ That claims to be immortal! Love is life,
/ And its chief essence, through the course of time,
/ And must upheld be: the reverse is Death
/ In all its small details; in which, such bears
/ No sweet regard for bliss! So in this world
/ Is man’s probation fix’d, as if to prove
/ His fitness for a higher state of bliss,
/ According as th’ affections of the heart
/ Have cultivated been, to gain the prize!
/ As Love to God, breeds love to bosom friends;
/ And Love to bosom friends will act as proof
/ Their tendency is upward; towards HOME!
Canto Fifth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- In th’ humble cot,
/ Where dwell Contentment, Industry, and Peace,
/ Such, influenced by love, delight the heart,
/ More than the splendour which surrounds the great
/ Where love’s a stranger! Let the rich be proud
/ Of their surroundings; yet, such often prove
/ Mere trammels in enjoyment’s way; they give
/ But little consolation to the soul,
/ When press’d with cares; they rather much depress
/ Where sympathy’s required, and is not found;—
- He had a virtuous Mother; and a home
/ Which seem’d as ’twere a type of Heav’n on earth;
/ He felt a share of all his Father’s joy,
/ And ne’er saw ought but unanimity
/ Exist between them! Judging women all
- Love uncherish’d frets
/ Itself to sad vexation;—ill at ease,
/ His heart feels pain’d, —has no enjoyment, where
/ It ought to feel at home: it is not blest
/ With that repose it craves, when press’d with cares.
/ Can there his mind have rest? ’Tis apt to rove
/ To seek elsewhere what is not found at home,
/ At risk of sacrifising moral worth!
/ Such want of reciprocity, and peace,
/ Will often lead to dissipation’s woes;
/ No matter how degraded, when is lost
/ That self-respect, home-love could have sustain’d
- that they
/ Should introduce God’s worship in their home.
/ At this, he first was silent; ’twas a theme
/ He had not yet consider’d; though in truth
/ He could not such condemn; but rather felt
- One night as by the fire he sat, rejoiced
/ At conversation’s sweetness, she employ’d,—
/ Not such, of pest’ring questions, which some use
- Blest is the heart, in love, that’s satisfied;
/ And feels contented with the lot he owns:
- Where want of confidence prevails, and acts
/ The very poison of all social life?—
/ If civil war’s a curse to any land,
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