Stanzas, Extemporaneously Written on a Stormy Night, Dalserf, November 4, 1833 in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- I feel for those, whose fates are to endure,
/ The midnight hazards of the stormy waves:
/ Oh Heaven! shield them with thy guardian pow’r,
/ Them ward from wrecks, and from untimely graves.
The Fair Emigrant’s Fate in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Within the bar the barque, now moor’d,
/ Rides free from all commotion:
/ Its sea-worn inmates feel at ease,
/ Safe from the tossing ocean.
The South-East Storm in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- The boat, lately left, is now far from the shore;—
/ Haste! haste! strike the sail, and pull hard at the oar;—
/ But the waves running high, caught in gale, and o’ercome,
/ The boat and the crew are engulfed in the foam.
- The clouds gather thick on the far southern sky,—
/ Opposing winds meet, and are whirling on high;
/ What blackness of darkness now broods o’er the whole,
/ While lightnings gleam forth, and the thunders do roll.
/ How changed is the bay! its blue welt’rings are lost,
/ Green ocean waves rush in, and foaming ’tis toss’d;
/ From fleet low’ring clouds how the torrents down pour,—
/ Now Neptune presides, and a tempest does roar.
Erratonga in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- “Why should fate thus now divide us,
/ Roaring oceans roll between?
The Black Seal in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- She says, “for me she’ll cross the sea.”
/ Oh blest!—my heart bounds full of glee;
/ May Heaven bring her safe to me!
The Love Letter in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- I grieve that seas between us roll,
/ And to stern fate we bow.
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Oh! what is worse than sympathy extinct?
/ And human hearts become the demon’s den?—
/ Then man, the greatest enemy to man
/ Becomes, when dire ferocity is roused
/ Each ’gainst his fellow, through necessity,
/ Urged by a craving lust like beasts of prey!
/ Nay worse!—and more degrading—’gainst their kind
/ None’s ravenous, though they might disagree,
/ A fellow to devour!—Their scarce supplies
/ Of all that craving appetite demands
/ Have driven them oft to sad revolting deeds,
/ The source of fierce exterminating feuds
/ For sake of plunder; when the “weak” must fall
/ To “might” a prey, as when the smaller fry
/ Of ocean, by the greater, are devoured!
- To them in kindness has the ocean’s breeze,—
/ As bidden by an overruling power,
/ They knew not how to own,—wafted at length
/ That generous hearted “Cook,” who wisely sowed
/ Upon their shores, the seeds of various use
/ In wholesome fare; and useful animals,
/ To them unknown, let loose to multiply,
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- Their reclamation from their prestine state;
/ As such would be like sacrificing means
/ And energies in vain; while let alone
/ In all their savage grandeur, to the eye
/ Those hills would seem like ocean’s mighty waves
/ O’er either rising, when by tempest tossed;
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- The winds, uninstrumental to the use
/ Of navigation’s science, gave their force
/ In idle frolic, waging ruthles war
/ On the great briny desert of the South:
/ And in return, the waves, to anger chafed,
/ Would heave and foam with much of vengeful ire,
/ And kindling fury, as the clouds of heaven,
/ In their alliance, lent the thunder’s voice
/ T’ outdo the roarings of the tempest’s trump!
/ While flashed the foam, as by th’ electric flame
/ Surcharged in aid, from light’ning’s magazine,
/ To give resistance with its fluid fire,
/ Which raging billows send up in the spray,
/ As fain to scorch the winds, or warding off
/ Th’ interminablebuffettings endured!
/ Thus, the commotions of the elements
/ In wanton, profitless, contentions joined,
/ Without the intervention of an isle
/ With length of shore, or mountain’s lofty range
/ That might at least break something of their rage,
- Aye ev’n at such a time, those southern wastes
/ Unknown, uncalled for lay; when northern gales
/ And briny waters have been seized upon,
/ As some necessity or other cause
/ Had urged, and them to active service brought,
/ Like fellow bondsmen; each his task to do,
/ In forwarding some merchant’s laden’d bark,
/ Advancing much his interests, and the weal
/ Of such communities of sea-girt isles;
/ (The sea, the highway chief of seaboard states;
/ When seamanship was rude, and crafts but small,
/ Long voyages were made in sight of land!)—
/ Or they have been in requisition called
/ For warriors’ gallies, as they sped to explore
/ New fields for conquest, in their lust for power!
- At such a time, this island’s loftiest peaks
/ From now-styled Egmont, to Kaikoura’s range
/ Or other alpine ranges, where they rear
/ Their summits to the clouds, all nameless then;
/ With ev’ry other hill like those around,
/ Were—what?—but mere embryos, all unseen
/ As closed within a womb!—were all immersed
- And there the muscle and the cockle moored
/ Their dwellings all secure, and sought their prey:
/ While many others, there of varied kind,
/ In like communion lived! and amongst them crawled
/ Things of unsightly shape, and curious form,
/ Each skillful in his art of catching food;
/ Though each, on neighb’ring tribes, blackmail demands,
/ Yet still to all there seem’d a full supply,
/ As one were made the other to sustain!
- Time verily there was, as all around
/ Can testify, ’gainst risk of much dispute,
/ When o’er those summits roll’d the ample waves,
/ Of boundless ocean, shewing an expanse, (1)
/ Round which but seemed to rest th’ etherial dome!
/ And there the great leviathans of the deep,
/ In their disport, have gamboled monster forms
/ Mid oceans, to all enterprise unknown;
/ Which enterprise, had such been exercised,
/ Might oft have proved destructive to their joys,
/ As buoyantly they scaled those heights, or dived
- Allowing all free scope for rolling seas,
/ Along that space yet destined to become
/ A scene of strange convulsions, when in birth
/ Old ocean must bring forth another isle;
/ One, yet to rise to eminent renown!
- There Carey’s chickens have in numbers flocked,
/ Gregarious in their habits, their approach,
/ As heralds of the storm to other tribes
/ Have proved—a sign to haste to fairer climes,
/ Where peace and sunshine reigned; while they themselves
/ As seamen good, to dangers well innured,
Canto Third in The New Zealand Survey
- A fearful hasty rocking to and fro,
/ Awhile most violently driven, occurs
/ With an unwonted energy; and next
/ Transverse as fiercely; then with sudden twist
/ And circular motion;—as if one, whose grasp
/ Had hold on thee, and loosening thy base
/ Most deeply fixed beneath, as with a turf
/ He with much force would loosen from its bed
/ Ere such he pulls;—while heavings strange are felt,
/ As when ’tis said of yore, old Atlas hove
/ His mighty load, with strenuous effort oft,
/ Ere he its weight upon his shoulders poised!
/ Rocks burst assunder! with commotions dire;
/ While various orders ’gainst each other crashed,
/ And shattered into fragments, got commixed
/ In wild confusion, jostled to a strange
/ And mutilated heterogeneous mass
/ Of various sorts; all meanwhile much upturned
/ And sideways shoved by that explosive force
/ Employed to urge the hollows downside up
/ Them sending towering far above the waves!
/ Amid such breaking up of solids, and
/ The transformations passing o’er the scene,
/ Old ocean, smitten, raged with furious storm,
/ Aye, fiercer than when roused by boisterous gales;
/ Then waves no longer followed, as in chase,
/ Each other, tossing sportively their spray
/ As they before the breeze would scud along;
/ But, billows met with billows, all deranged
- Thus the omnipotent Jehovah has
/ His armies of most powerful agencies
/ T’ effect some purpose, when He wills to call
/ Them into action, either for a work
/ Of sudden effort, or for that, as much
/ In power, though of long persevering toil!
/ So, He, in His wise providence, looked down,
/ And saw the ocean of the unknown South
/ A welt’ring waste of waters, void of aught
/ Betokening of some peculiar care;
- o’er thy space
/ At pleasure roll’d the sup’rincumbent weight
/ Of ocean in its vastness uncontrolled;
- The coral worm,
/ A feeble thing for man to look upon,
/ Is yet a means, and one that will not err,
/ Or turn rebellious from the task imposed
/ As being one impossible to do!
/ By such an agency minute, He works
/ In rearing rock like structures from the depths
- a rending, and
/ Upheaving impetus no more to lie
/ In deeps invisible,—where waters dense
/ The sunlight cannot penetrate to cheer
/ The fathomless profound;—these, in their turn,
/ To share in beauty’s pleasures, and receive
/ The genial influence of light and heat
/ Must from their shades be brought!
Canto Third in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Now, to illustrate such a doctrine given.
/ Permit the Muse such instances to give
/ That best can stir th’ affections of the heart,—
/ The best affections bent on virtue’s course
/ Which best accord with Heaven’s eternal truth!
Canto Fifth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- When from the bosom of ETERNITY,
/ Time first his course began, then forth he sped,
- So, such shall aye
/ Be his employment, till his journey ends,
/ When He’s absorb’d into th’ ETERNITY
/ Of far Futurity; as when the ship
/ With all its freight is safely moor’d at length,
/ Within the destined haven of its rest!
/ How varied are the dispensations given
/ From out Time’s budget as he posts along:
/ To this, of love; to that, of much rebuke:
/ To some, of peace; to others, war and strife;
/ To this. a disappointment; joy, to that;—
/ To persons, and to nations, each their dues’
/ According as their merits mark their doom:
/ Thus, like a courier, makes he sure despatch
/ Of business, doing all his Sovereign’s will;—
/ And, who dare such gainsay?— What is the lot,
/ Whether or not expected, to us given,
/ We must take up instanter!
Canto Second in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- As sails the barque upon a tranquil sea,
/ ’Neath summer’s sky, and with a steady breeze
/ Moved gently on; then, all would pleasure seem:
/ But then, there’s nothing to commend its worth,
/ Its strength of build, and how it braves the storm,
/ When striving with head winds and adverse tides;
/ As storms, and tempests best its virtues try!
/ So will cross fortunes in the cause of love,
/ Well try the spirit and the faith of those,
/ Who may the victims of such fate become!
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