Stanzas, To a Young Poet in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Is’t future praise—a vain anticipation
/ Of phantom fame—ye harbour in your breast?
- A dire arousement! waking in despair,
/ When all thy hopes and prospects with the wind,
/ Are fled, and not a wreck of fame is left behind.
- But, ah! what secular’ties make inroad,
- The tongue of Time will have it loud express’d,
/ When round th’ eventful wheel of fortune’s whirl’d,
/ To point thy lot high seated with the blest,
/ Or high exalted, be to ruin hurl’d,
/ Then hiss’d and scoff’d at by a scandalizing world!
- 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:—
A Likeness in New Zealand Minstrelsy
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- God’s ways are on the waters! who can mark
/ His foot-prints? or upon the passing winds
/ Discern His movements? How He hastes along
/ Appointing, to His servants, each his task
/ To be performed, and that with ready mind!
/ For in their hearts alone His will’s declared;
/ And blest indeed is he who thus receives
/ Some great appointment of importance full
/ To all mankind, bespeaking one esteem’d
/ As worthy of that trust on him imposed!—
Canto V in The New Zealand Survey
- Looking back upon the history of the past, in so far as it regards that of the colony; and taking into consideration the hard beginnings of many a worthy old colonist, and how they faced hardship and privations with spirits of bravery; and having through arduous perseverance and toil got, as it were, through the hardest of the struggle, and coming out, so to speak, to the prospect of a time of rest and enjoyment; then, at that time,
Stanzas — To the Memory of Wm. Swainson, Esq., F.R.S. &c., — Departed hence, December 7, 1855 in The New Zealand Survey
- He long has worn your laurels on his brow
/ Well earned, as worthy that esteem ye show’d
/ While by such honors paid , his bosom glow’d
/ As proud to share in your regards.
The Two Guides in The New Zealand Survey
- How blest when Reason gains to rule,
/ She’s sure to keep her charge with honor,
/ As her endeavors ne’er befool
/ That precious truth, of which she’s owner!
/ But oh! when Passion bears the sway,
/ What troubles oft come rolling o’er us;
/ For when constrain’d his powers t’ obey,
/ We but assent to painful sorrows!
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,
- 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!
- 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!—
England’s Hope in The New Zealand Survey
- 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!
To my Auld Trews in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- ’Tis true they dae leuk sairly clooted,
/ That noo! th’ original seems dooted,
/ As the auld colour’s got transmuted
/ To ora hues;
/ Eraewhilk a homily comes, weel suited
/ To my fond Muse!
/ At kirk an’ market, ance wi’ grace,
/ They could appear wi’ honour’d face;
/ But work-a-day life ’s noo! their case;
/ As former joys.
/ Noo stern realities displace
/ As vanities!
Canto Sixth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Love-crossings when improve’d upon aright
/ Have been the source, whence benefits have sprung,
/ Yes, such have been the first step of that scale,
/ Which leads to fame’s high honousr, with renown!
/ So Damon such a truth could well confirm,
/ In th’ energies such waken’d in his soul:
/ Which gave the impulse, to spring from the dust,
/ And drudgery of mean life, in which he lived,
/ He being cross’d in love, and to forget
/ The insult, which he reckon’d he sustain’d,
/ He gave himself the task ’mid other toils
/ Of learning ancient languages, and thus
/ Began a course of life, which led at length
/ To fame, and high distinction in the world!
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