Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- Thus ages upon ages as they’ve rolled
/ Unchronicled—save by the mystic marks
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.
- In this I see the hand of Providence
/ Marking the course of great events to come;
/ Aye such events, that will an aspect give
/ Unto the history of the world, which have
/ Been never dreamed of by the wisest sage
/ Deep read in politics; and who has conn’d
/ Th’ economy of nations, or the affairs
/ Of man, as he’s connected with the world.
- But can such various foreigners return
/ Each to his home, without some idea fresh,
/ By observation drawn from what to him
/ Is novel, worthy imitation? While
/ Through self-examination, as recurrs
/ To him his by-gone history, he discerns
/ Much that needs mending, and much to be chang’d
/ From present state of things, to introduce
/ A healthier atmosphere in what concerns
/ Th’ affairs domestic and political,
/ As all true patriots would, who have at heart
/ The welfare of their country.
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- 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!
- But whence this solitary race of men?
/ How have they here got planted?—may be asked.—
/ A race of savages without a date,—
/ Or record of their early history
/ To trace their lineage!—They’re ever prone
/ To deal in wonders, and tradition’s lore
/ Much mixed with fable, contrary to aught
/ That’s probable, or may be reckoned true;
/ Crude fancy’s pictures ever over drawn
/ On some poetic, but untutor’d mind,
/ Which would try to expound the reason why
/ The ancient sires got landed on these shores;
/ While facts with fictions of the basest kind
/ Are so comingled, no dependance can
/ Be placed upon each theory declared:
/ But what can be expected from such minds,
/ Whose ignorance was darkness multiplied?
/ Whose ideas, the shades of wand’ring dreams
/ Of evanescent nature, hard to hold!
/ Or like the ignus fatuus wand’ring wide,
/ And leading the benighted far astray
/ From the sure path,
- 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!
- 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!
Lines — On hearing of the Demise of Dr. F. Logan, R.N., May 24, 1862, Aged 84 in The New Zealand Survey
- From youth I’ve loved society of the aged
/ Whose lives unite the history of my day
/ With the far past; whose tales have oft engaged
Stanzas — On hearing of the Sudden Demise of Mr. G. Copeland, on May 22, 1866, Aged 65 Years in The New Zealand Survey
- Ere such another time comes round,
/ What changes may succeed apace;
/ First colonists will scarce be found,
/ To tell the history of the place.
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
- Thy hist’ry, buried in the past,
/ Would observation search around,
/ And mark developemeuts, —though vast—
/ Till to this state arrived, thou’rt found.
- Yon beetling cliffs of clay declare
/ Thou hast not always been as now;
/ These banks of scoria deep, would bear
/ There testimony strong, t’avow
- Reverting yet to ages past,
/ When upland plains around were clad
/ With prestine forests, dense and vast;
/ All not in man’s remembrance had.
/ Of which, appearances around
/ Are silent; as the tales of yore
/ Held secret,—mystery profound,—
/ As none were privileged such t’ explore!
/ But plougmen now, those lands who, till,
/ Find oft their plough-shares stick upon
/ Some vestage tree-roots left, whieh still
/ Would testify of forests gone!
- By Wanganui’s stream I strayed.
/ Contemplating the scenes around,
/ Where much of interest seem’d display’d
/ And Nature’s beauties would abound,
/ All to the eye, and to the mind
/ Contemplative, a tale would tell
/ Of yore, while promises combined
/ For future, they’d declare as well!
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