England’s Hope in The New Zealand Survey
- Such spirit growing with his years,
/ And knowledge right increasing,
/ While preparations ’mongst his peers,
/ ’Mid studies good increasing,
/ For that great trust—his future lot,
/ The ruling such a nation;—
/ Such spirit well informed, I wot
/ Must fit the situation!
- When on the empire’s stool he’s raised,
/ Britannia’s sceptre swaying;
/ The prudence, then, of Sire be praised,
/ Who trained him to obeying!
/ Though hard to learn such lessons well,
/ (And much it needs good schooling)
/ Yet how the advantages will tell,
/ When he is set to ruling!
/ For best he rules, who best has learn’d
/ Obedience to his Maker;
/ Whose blessing on each honor earn’d
/ Rejoices such partaker!
The Two Guides in The New Zealand Survey
- How true it is, that rising youth
/ Progressing needs a wise adviser;
/ One who is earnest for the truth,
/ And is no false or vain enticer.
/ But two attendants ready are,
/ And each against the other striving,
/ As each the youth would lead with care
/ In their own beaten paths, contriving
/ How to supplant each other:
To a Mountain Daisy in The New Zealand Survey
- For He who cares for thee, sweet flower,
/ And paints thee with the choicest hue;
/ Can cherish all in hapless hour,
/ Who in Him trust, as shewn by you.
/ As on you shines the light of day,
/ That makes ye look with joyous smile;
/ So may His countenance alway
/ Shine on my soul, all glooms to foil!
/ How good from thee such lessons pure
/ To draw, that might dull ignorance teach,
/ Inspiring hopes, which bliss ensure,
/ More than dogmatic doctors preach!
A Retrospective Reverie. — On receiving the “Hamilton Advertiser” a provincial newspaper, sent from “Home,” 1859 in The New Zealand Survey
- ’Twas here I once made my debut
/ As teacher in this little village,
/ Where first my energies were prized,
/ And many pleasures realized,
/ While being bent on mental tillage.
- And those soirees of Sunday Schools,
/ Detailed within this “Advertiser,”
/ While reading such, I feel as there,
/ And learn in happy smiles this pray’r,
/ “Oh! let the rising race grow wiser
Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- May we not yet be quite the dab
/ In all such lore, as th’ A B, AB
/ We soon shall master; and besides,
/ Whate’er on ev’ry hand betides,
/ From the examples of th’ adept,
/ If but we’re wide awake t’ accept
/ Such lessons freely given,—which
/ Might to our understandings reach
/ More easily, than what is taught
/ By precepts, howe’er much they’re fraught
/ With cunning erudition;—so,
/ However much accounted slow
/ In former progress, we may gain
/ A march upon our masters; fain
/ To shew ourselves no longer dunces,
/ Nor yet be subject to the bounces
/ Of the more pert,—or more impert’nent!
/ Than we’re by nature, though intent
/ To learn the right, and how discry
/ The evils to be shunn’d:—
- How long we’ve stood
/ In the A B C with pensive mood,
/ Unable quite to comprehend
/ Such mystic lore, nor yet its end,
/ Though master oft our ears would pinch,
/ Or hammer like his fist would clinch,
/ To clear our apprehensions dull,
On Passing Two Ladies in Deep Mourning in The New Zealand Survey
- When pride adopts the garb of woe,
/ Such mournings seem mere empty show,
/ And grief as but a jest!
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Convinced that self-reliance is a gem
/ Worth all the jewels in a monarch’s crown!
/ Your’s is the task of reformations great,
/ Although such may be hard to be perceived,
/ Not only on this land, but on your race,
/ While training them by good example, which
/ Says more than precept ever could enforce,
/ To industry and hardihood, which scorns
/ All idleness, and every want defies!
- Though much of their traditions in their kind
/ May bear comparison to what of old
/ Would Ovid tell, (1)—how things in present form
/ Had their existence by transforming spells;
/ Yet the untutored natives, more debased,
/ Knew not how advantageously to turn
/ Such ev’n to good instruction, in the guise
/ Of fiction’s elegance, with morals chaste!
/ But such in uncouth state have been conceived
/ As ’mid pollution, so produced unclean,
/ And told, while such have passed as current coin
/ Through generations, much transformed and patched
/ With fresh additions of unseemliness
/ And horrid shapes; while, upon which the minds
/ Of infancy were fed, and puerile thoughts
/ Were cherished, till such in their nature’s wove!
/ Thus superstition’s canker on them grown
/ Has gnawed into their souls! Thus prestine truths
/ Are made extinct, while falsehood bears the sway;
/ Wild superstition as with reptile’s coil
/ Have in the bonds of mystery wound their tail!
Canto Fourth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Her parents fond felt even charm’d themselves
/ With her appearance; and fond hopes indulged.
/ That she might meet some lover of some note,
/ Above their sphere of life, though even that
/ Was of no humble grade; as fit were they
/ To give her education meet t’adorn
/ That sphere of life, they hoped she might attain—
/ Even the best a boarding school could give!
/ Yet, all the education she received
/ Could not put prudence in her pride-full heart;
- Such a fair pourtrait of gay Helen’s mind;
/ And such the cultivation it received;
/ Such, the foundation laid, on which to rear
/ The simple structure of her after-life!
Canto Second in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- On looking through the history of life,
/ We see the wisdom of God’s providence;
/ In making man the being that he is;
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