Answer to the Lover’s Invitation in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- ’Tis not thy garden rare, dearest laddie, O,
/ Nor yet thy fields so fair, dearest laddie, O,
/ That can avail with me; for, as love is ever free,
/ ’Tis thine that conquers me, my dearest laddie,
Erratonga in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- “Then I thought the time might hasten,
/ When with plenty I’d return;
The Lover’s Invitation in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- For what is wealth to me, bonny lassie, O,
/ If distant still you be, bonny lassie,
The Thrashing Floor in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Thwack, thwack, bounds the flail now on ev’ry thrashing floor,
/ Bespeaking sweet comfort, and plenty got in store;
/ The harvest completed, and produce well secured,
/ The bushman can smile o’er privations endured.
The Bushman’s Harvest Home in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- The clearing, filled with golden grain,
/ Declares its time is come,
/ To crown his toils, to cheer his soul,
/ And bless his harvest home.
Stanzas, To a Young Poet in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- But what ennobles more the human mind
/ Than meditating on the works of God:
/ Exciting magnanimity refined
/ ’Bove all which wealth or honour e’er bestow’d:—
- Go on! and may you prosper in your sphere,
/ But mark attentive, e’er ye’ve gone afar,
/ Lest Envy should in unawares appear
/ Against thy hopes and prospects waging war,
/ Employing all, thy progress to debar:—
/ Why should I on such themes of grievance dwell?
/ Be stirr’d!—let no despondence e’er thee mar,
/ Aim to improve, as ye aspire t’excell;—
/ Be virtue’s friend! and Heav’n will bless thy muse.—
The Pastry Baker in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- A man full of matter is the pastry baker,
/ So free with his flatter is the pastry baker;
/ But when of his riches he makes me partaker,—
/ What a lady I shall be for the pastry baker!
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- May not these (1)
/ Cascades of solitude, which long have spent
/ Their force in vain, as having none to guide,
/ Be brought in requisition yet, to aid
/ Laborious enterprize; or be the scene
/ Of lively industry, in busy mills
/ Engaged in various labours, as the source
/ Of inward wealth?
- hopes next morn
/ He may his needful toils resume; but then
/ How changed his hopeful prospects, when he sees
/ The mischief done, with much of labour lost!
Advertisement to the Crystal Palace in The New Zealand Survey
- I could not but regard the project of the great exhibition, with some admiration, feeling convinced that its ultimate results might lead to great moral revolutions, all tending to the welfare of the human family at large.
Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- Some petifoggers long will draw
/ Their faces, while the ambiguous law
/ Expounding; while their versions bland
/ As genuine,—having full command
/ Of smoothest terms—they’d down one’s throat
/ Well butter’d cram!—And, sure, why not?
/ They see their interests are affected;—
/ Besides,—(what must not be neglected)—
/ Promotion, with increase of fees,
/ Lies that way, well to be respected,
- They, laughing at us in their sleeve,—
/ Full glad that they have got such fools
/ To deal with, as mere handy tools!
/ But tother day, the poor clod-hopper,
/ Was one not deemed as fit and proper,
/ To be accosted with respect;—
/ But must trudge on through cold neglect,
/ His living earning with hard toil,
/ As stranger to the masters’ smile;
/ Whose cold reserve, and looks so gruff,
/ Would say he had not done enough;
- So, such the mode to gain us plann’d,
/ Their compensations large of land!
/ Those lordships great, who reap the gains
/ Of poor men’s sufferings, and pains,
/ Must now in gratitude bestow
/ The highest honor they can shew
/ Upon their “man;” with equal cheer
/ Would add some mighty sum per year,
/ Which, to be raised, may add to tax
/ Laid slyly on your slavish backs!
- 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!
- ’Tis well assured
/ That those who least deserved, with care,
/ Have pounced upon the lion’s share!
Geordie’s Return in The New Zealand Survey
A Retrospective Reverie. — On receiving the “Hamilton Advertiser” a provincial newspaper, sent from “Home,” 1859 in The New Zealand Survey
- Well, bless improvement’s work, I say,
/ Though there I’d look a lonely stranger;
/ And may prosperity attend
/ The people!—The most High defend
/ Them, from all ills that might endanger
/ Their social happiness!
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 Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Yea such rewards, akin to virtue’s own,
/ Adapted to man’s nature, are still best
/ T’ encourage him in the advancement of
/ His moral faculties; ev’n be he sage
/ Or of the savage race, the while he aims
/ T’ increase his temp’ral interests of life,
/ And lays the best foundation, upon which,
/ His progeny their fortunes sure may build!
- Yet there are here,
/ In timber large, the means of fair employ,
/ To bring to market, such, reduced to shape
/ Fit for the builder’s use; or other craft
/ Of neater work, as furnishings for homes,
/ Remunerative to the man of toil,—
/ But the chief aim is, to subdue the land,
/ By the strong arm of industry, and bring
/ From nature’s secret treasures, such rewards
- When, over all, in universal sway
/ Shall peace and plenty mutually reign!
/ However such a state may be desired,
/ ’Tis but as embryo—imperfect yet,
/ And will be, through a long progressive stage,
/ Until that time appointed has arrived!
/ But as at first, “the earth must be subdued!”
/ So the command is still imperative
/ For ev’ry such a country, wild as this,
/ Through generations all, as the first step
/ Of man’s advancement to a higher sphere;
/ While, even there, his rudimental task
/ Begins,—but who can tell where such may end!
- 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
- Ah poor degraded race! Thus exiled far
/ From ancient relatives and friendship’s joys,
/ So long, till true remembrance have been lost
/ Of such they may have had; from sires forlorn
/ They’ve sprung a num’rous progeny; and now,
/ How much through foul distrust and variance strange,
/ They have asunder parted, and become
/ To either aliens, reft to separate tribes,
/ With every tie of brotherhood annulled!
/ Of common comforts, such that cheer the poor
/ Of other lands, how much they’ve been devoid!
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- In this space
/ Some valley must exist, yet unexplored,
/ In all its prestine solitude, as lone,
/ Expecting gladness in some future day;
/ When “Enterprise” makes search for greater scope
/ To exercise itself in industry!
- Here, as elsewhere, must civilization’s power,
/ In industry, in enterprise, and skill,—
/ All three with ardent energy combined,
/ Must rise and conquer nature’s wildness, and
/ Upon her work far other changes bold
/ To bring her to subjection; thus, must mind,
/ As aided by pecuniary means,
/ Be stamped on stubborn matter, as a die
/ An image would impress on plastic things;
/ The while effecting in reality,
/ What fancy paints, a pleasing happy scene!
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- they come to read a page
/ Of British hist’ry, that they thence might draw
/ Instructive lessons on the arts of peace,
/ Of freedom, and of enterprise, conjoin’d;
/ With a high tone of morals, which pervade
/ Society as attendant, seen from high
/ To low degree, compared with all they know
/ Among their own,—as on an ample sheet
/ In characters both legible and plain
/ Laid forth before them.
Canto Third in The New Zealand Survey
- where such form’d
/ In particles, or nuggets of some note;
- ’Twas furnished in due order with all things
/ Which requisite were for the various needs
/ Which could anticipated be, to spring
/ In man’s creation’s ultimate design;
/ So that his comforts therein might be found,
/ According as his needs would urge the search
/ For such requirements, and rewarded be
/ For industry well guided; thus t’excite
/ Such gratitude, that might result in praise!
An Ode on Manawatu in The New Zealand Survey
- Long, long have those plains been enveloped in glooms—
/ That gloom of lone solitudes dreary and wild;
/ Though nature’s prolific in much that presumes
/ On richness, yet here every pleasure seem’d foiled,
/ For want of that culture, inhabitants bring
/ With them so enlightening, whence blessings accrue;
/ May soon thy time come of good change, when will spring
/ New beauties around thee, lone Manawatu!
- While that winding river much commerce may bear
/ Afar to bless others, thus wealth must ensue,
/ No longer in waste capabilities there,
/ Must lie unimproved around Manawatu!
In Memorium in The New Zealand Survey
- And now St. James’ Park a scene display’d
/ Of dazzling beauty, seldom to be seen,
/ As art and nature had become allied
/ In cheerfulness, opposed to all that’s sad!
/ The sun seem’d brighter in the azure sky,
/ And seem’d the grass to show a lovelier green;
/ For all felt gratitude to Him, who holds
/ The balance just of Power, dispensing right
/ The awards of justice to the fallen foe,
/ Of peace, as prelude to prosperity!
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
To a Mountain Daisy in The New Zealand Survey
- Yes! ye from adverse fortune’s strife,
/ Recall my pensive thoughts, in brief,
/ To muse on former scenes of life,
/ Affording something of relief!
The Picture of a Poet in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- No idleness is his: oft double toil
/ His industry engages; though the while
/ Bland Fortune may not on his efforts smile,
/ To make him independent;
/ His labours shew it,
/ As urged by implied duty as th’attendant
/ On his career; so wilt thou find
/ His works declare a lib’ral mind,
/ No sluggard is a Poet!
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
- How good to mark each distant scene,
/ Where yet may come improvement’s change;
/ The wilderness will then be seen
/ Its savage prestige to estrange;
/ And welcome civ’lisation’s bliss,
/ As Nature such a state had chose;
/ So, thus ’tis said “the wilderness
/ Shall bud and blossom as the rose!”
/ Now, still on Wanganui’s banks
/ May thriving herds, and flocks be seen
/ With fields of grain, as Heavenly thanks
/ For industry, which glads each scene!
- 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!
New Year Salutations, for 1863 in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- ’Tis well to glance back on the paths we have travell’d,
/ To see where we’ve err’d, or have faild to take heed;
/ That future enigmas may soon get unrevall’d,
/ Which puzzling may seem; and so aid to succeed!
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!
Canto Fourth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- The matter much she ponder’do’er and o’er,
/ And in connection, on the ploughman thought;
/ For, when comparing things as they appear’d,
/ To what her fancy—no vain fancy this—
/ Would picture forth beneath the care of him
/ She cherish in her heart,—the ploughman George!
/ —She could not but feel trammel’d by the force
/ Of such untoward ettiquette, and sigh,
/ “Oh! could we come to conversation,—then
/ My heart would feel releived; or know the worst
- To have true love existing in the heart,
/ Is worth a world of wealth! It is the mine,
/ Whence all domestic happiness comes forth,
/ In every grade of life—can be produced
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