Preface in The New Zealand Survey
- 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.
- Such “Knights exemplar” are, as it were, bringing up the rear of the human race, who have fallen far behind in the general march of improvement, that they too at the grand review may be present, and so be included as fellow-sharers in the approval of the “Supreme Inspector,” and also be united with their more privileged brethren in the bonds of Peace! In this, may not the finger of Providence be seen guiding to the desired end!
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- how much the works of industry
/ Must have increased, and those, how much improved,
/ As one age on another has advanced;
/ So the barbarian here is skill displays
/ According as necessities would urge,
/ Though somewhat rude compared to what is shewn
/ By the sage artizan, yet much is seen
/ That might surpass th’ adept would means allow,
/ As proof that he’s a unit of our race!—
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- Britannia may feel glad to look around
/ Upon her offspring spreading o’er the world,—
/ As would a matron on her children smile
/ With innate satisfaction, when she sees
/ Them blooming round her, all in roseate health,
/ And holding by th’ instructions they’ve received
/ Through her maternal guidance,—going on
/ Improving as in years they grow, until
/ They shew a disposition to outshine
/ Their parents knowledge in the useful arts
/ Of peace and civilization!
- 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.
- And well may Britain as a nation rise
/ To show obedience ready, and rejoice
/ At being so distinguished as the scene
/ Of much that’s good; but more to be employ’d
/ As Heav’n’s great Herald, in proclaiming peace
/ And concord to the nations far and near,
/ Aye, ev’n though ’twere with her artillery’s force
Canto V in The New Zealand Survey
- The peaceful and happy state of the Natives round Port Nicholson, when the above lines were written, may be known from the fact, that many of them had got located in places, and that in open camp, where in former times they dared not venture. Before the arrival of the first settlers in the Colony, the pas or villages of the natives, were strongly fortified, so as to resist the sudden intrusion of an enemy; but since then, their fortifications are greatly at a discount,—as now they are not required. At the time when the first settlers came, the Port Nicholson natives were in a state of warfare with some of their neighbours, though they seemed to have the upper hand, yet they were in a state of dread. But by-and-bye one of the chiefs, who one day being in his garden, was surprised and killed by one of the enemy, who was there lying in wait, and his head was taken away, I believe, as utu or payment for what damage the enemy had sustained. Since then no alarm of war has troubled them, save when they were a little startled at what was called the Maori row of 1845. Now, all their pa defences have fallen into disuse. With the natives, their spears and clubs have become plough-shares, spades, and hoes; and the only defences they now require are such as may keep their cattle and pigs from their crops.
To a Mountain Daisy in The New Zealand Survey
- ’Tis well to look upon the past,
/ Recounting trials triumphed over;
/ Dispelling glooms that would o’ercast
/ The mind, and thus its peace recover!
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 Third in The New Zealand Survey
- Thus were its turmoils now assuaged to peace;
/ As when a child, with inward aches, in grief,
/ Is soothed to peacefulness, adopting smiles,
/ Forgetful of the pains it had endured!—
/ And as contending parties, friends become
/ When angry feuds evaporate to air!
/ So the great ocean’s surface calm becomes;
/ As finding now ’tis useless to contend
/ In further strife; but better to embrace
/ New friendships, it relapses to its state
/ Of former quietude, and regular tides;
- Such roused thee from thy peace, thy dormant state
/ In deep immersion; ’twas a warning note
/ That grumbled out “PREPARE!—Thy time is come
/ That thou must meet some transformations new,
/ And be exalted to the cheering light,
/ Preparatory to more active scenes
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Then aimed he at the cherishing of peace,
/ And good will to his neighbours, now felt due!
/ Thus in the desert sweet refreshing springs
/ Began to flow,—the desolate to sing!
/ The change, to him, was blest felicity,
/ Compared to aught of former life endured!
/ While on his race, he saw the early rays
/ Of a new Sun arising,—even that
/ Of Righteousness—and peace, dispelling quite
/ That darkness, which enveloped all the past;
/ While introducing a new day of grace!
/ What happy feelings must he have enjoy’d
/ At length, when tottering on the verge of time,
/ To learn the worth of social, civil, life;
/ While civilized society the hand
- 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;”—
- 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 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
- such a sight, of import omenous,
/ As that great bark to them had ne’er occurr’d
/ Before,—and was to ancient sires unknown!
- Cook’s visit was the prelude to a new,
/ Though seeming distant, era, in their page
/ Of blotted hist’ry, hitherto a blank,
/ As cut off from all knowledge of the world,
/ And social arts of peace!
- 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!
Stanzas — To the Memory of Wm. Swainson, Esq., F.R.S. &c., — Departed hence, December 7, 1855 in The New Zealand Survey
- His garden and his book, familiar friends!
/ With him, no other could their place supplant;
/ As these his sources were, whence ev’ry want
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- As mediators aid in making peace
/ Between two rivals in dominion’s strife!
/ Such like to hoards of rude barbarians, who
/ No other occupation have t’ engage
/ Attention from the thoughts of fancied wrongs,
/ Used as pretexts for some usurping feud,
/ With no foundation, nor a reason why
/ To give it colour;—nor some enterprize
/ Of nobler aspect, cultivating peace!—
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