Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- Thus scrambling for the honours it
/ Has got attached to spare, to wit,
/ Great int’rests, places with good pay;
/ Or a good stepstone to the way
/ Of some promotion had in view,
/ Which they would eagerly pursue!—
/ For honour?—Nay, but for the fees,
/ Though out must go the Nominees!
/ How some aspirants for renown,
/ So full of promise, big have grown
/ With puff’d importance—int’rests high!
/ Now, who but they must dictate!—
- Or if “Dear Spec” will glasses use
/ When forth he goes in quest of news;
/ If so, what optics he might have,
/ Whether of convex or concave;
/ Because, cries boasting liberal,
/ Concave will make great things look small;
/ And convex lenses have renown
/ For shewing objects upside down!
/ If Independent would become
/ Servility itself, as some
/ Have ventured to prognosticate?—
/ Nay, some will swear upon their fate,
/ That “such he has become already!”
Preface in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- In order to prevent any misconception, which may arise, in regard to originality, in the first canto, I would remark, as the nature of the subject required a starting point,—where could it be found, but at the beginning of all things? Now, as this beginning has been treated on by Milton, some critic, who may have no farther knowledge of his works, than what they have seen, of extracts, in their school-books; and who may be ready to accuse me of plagiarism, and that without any examination, as if they believed that no one had a right to treat on the same text: yet, such an accusation I can repudiate, as I can do without any such aid. I only followed the natural course of the
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