The New Zealand Survey
What think I of the Prince of Wales?—
For my opinion hear me;
If true the purport of such tales,
I trow he yet may cheer thee!
PhilosophyAs some philosophers can tell,
From jutting rocks what’s under;
Or from a feather show as well
The nature of its owner;
So may not we some knowledge gain,
Of virtues in some bosoms,
Since naughtiest looking seeds contain
Oft nature’s choicest blossoms?
When seen ’neath governess’s rule,
The future man displaying;
Such shew’d him nothing of a fool,
No spirit dull betraying,
Whatever Madam might declare,
He’s conscious of his station;
Though froward deeds told what he’d dare,
If thus he’d rule the nation;
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!
All ages this have testified:—
So he in his relations,
Examples good have well enjoyed,
And best of preparations.
GovernmentThus, with the spirit of his youth,
Observant and improving;
He must be fervent for the truth,
The nation’s weal behoving!
So loyal hearts his worth shall prize,
While counc’llors good are near him;
Combining all in enterprise,
No base intrigue may fear him.
Then shall his spirit rise in strength,
And make such foe a mourner;
Thus solved shall problems be at length,
Of putting in “the corner!”