The New Zealand Survey
A Dinner Hour Reverie
A Dinner Hour Reverie.
And there the ethe’rs hue is shewn,
With drapery thin of clouds so white,
As nature gladly would reflect
A Deity’s perfections bright;
PerceptionOh! all is charming to behold;
What beauties round are now display’d
To cheerfnl minds; while those of gloom
See things, though bright, as deep in shade;
My struggling feelings oft t’ admire
And feast my soul on nature’s charms,
Would fainly burst the gloomy cloud
Of care—even trembling in alarms
From some excitement!—Nature spread
Before the eye’s most ample range,
Seems wooing one to taste those sweets
That would from cares the mind estrange.
Around me, as I’m thus engaged,
The insect tribes on sportive wing
Buzz forth their joys, from sorrows free
Such that oft human bosoms sting.
’Tis worldly pride, that peace destroys,
And kindles there each baneful strife;
Envenoming the purest joys
That might attach to human life.
The wants of nature are but few,
And eas’ly to be satisfied;
While those created ever grow
More and more complex when allied
’Tis innate folly that prevails
O’er better judgment, and perverts
The best of blestings to a curse
As such were doom’d their due deserts.
How much of heavenly guidance we
Still stand in need of, would we own
Our frailty, and that wisdom seek
Proceeding still from God alone.
See in the works of nature fair
Much of his goodness can be seen,
Such that might make one worn with care
To meet sad crosses with a mien
Of calm composure!—Such that bids
Defiance to each foe of peace,
Could we but look around and so
Say to all rending sorrows, “cease!”
Like him we lately from the waves
Drew lifeless—a sad wreck, o’ercome
By wayward fortunes; thus forlorn
Of hope, he fled his earthly home.
How sweet, e’en in temptation’s hour,
To have thee as a refuge near,
A safe retreat—there feel secure,
Though threat’ning troubles round appear.
Yes, thither let me ever turn—
There seek sweet comfort to my soul!—
On Him dependence place who can
All wayward ills for good control.
November 12, 1856.