Come to the Bush in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Let traders pore their ledgers o’er,
/ Contrasting gains with losses;
/ While we shall try a better ploy,
/ Nor dread the fear of crosses.
An Ode on Manawatu in The New Zealand Survey
- While that winding river much commerce may bear
/ Afar to bless others, thus wealth must ensue,
/ No longer in waste capabilities there,
/ Must lie unimproved around Manawatu!
- Britannia may boast of the Thames or the Clyde,
/ What were they once, but like this wild looking stream,
/ Till science, progressing, had made them her pride
/ For commerce, and worthy a nation’s esteem;
/ The time is approaching when enterprise may,
/ With many improvements thine aspects renew,
/ When cities around may spring up, and display
/ Bright glories enchanting to Manawatu!
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- Could this unhappy people, as they were,
/ Be called the true possessors of the soil?
/ Their occupancy never seemed secure;
/ And dread debarred their aiming to improve
/ In cultivation’s art, or ev’n t’ extend
/ Their labours more than served a present need;
/ Or what some exigency might demand!
/ But not for social intercourse in trade
/ Among their neighb’ring tribes; for jealousy
/ Debarr’d such efforts, lest they’d fall a prey
/ To lawless lust; and, as their wants were few,
/ So even these with little must be met;
/ Unless it were when plund’ring was the rule!
/ The wilderness remained an idle waste!
/ The land was uninhabited, while those,
- Their instruments of warfare, or of chase,
/ On sea or land, when hunting for their food,
/ In absence of what commerce might supply;
/ Such, shews deep thought in the contrivance formed,
/ Or happy hit upon the plan pursued,
/ When urged by stern necessity, by those
/ Who may have been their sires, put to their shifts,
/ When like some wreck cast on these shores unknown,
/ With nothing but their hands, their helpless hands,
/ To gain a sustenance, though mean, in aught
/ The nature of their new abode might yield;
/ And so their offspring train, that they alike
/ In wildest hardihood themselves might fend!
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- 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
- 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!
Canto I in The New Zealand Survey
- If we look on the map of the Southern Hemisphere one may easily perceive that it requires no great amount of prescience (especially to a mind of thought and enterprize, even although such spirit of enterprize may not have the power or means to put thought in a practical or tangible form) to see and shew to others how New Zealand shall yet become the Great Britain of the South. Take into consideration the genial climate of New Zealand, then its extensive seaboard, its numerous harbours and navigable rivers, such that may be much improved upon, and again its multitude of inland never failing streams, many of them well adapted, with little expense or trouble, for the driving of any kind of machinery for manufacturing purposes, where perhaps steam engines would be of less service through the want of a cheap supply of coal, should such prove to be scarce. Those streams with their waterfalls and rapids, how easily could they be brought into actual service in aiding the enterprize and industry of those who may yet discover their interests lying in that direction; so that instead of sending the wool of the country away to be spun and manufactured elsewhere—only to be brought back again with heavy charges attached,—such could be spun and manufactured here, to be dispersed among markets elsewhere. Standing on this point of view and looking toward the numerous islands and their populations, on the vast Pacific ocean, and taking into consideration the extensive field of wealth there will be to work upon, in the development of their resources, from which every kind of raw material in cotton and other produce may be had to be manufactured in New Zealand for the markets of the southern world. On the one hand, not only see the naked wants of the Pacific islanders, but also see the whole
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!
New Year Salutations, for 1863 in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- A happy New Year may we bid to the world:
/ May Nations in friendship, and concord unite!
/ The Banners of brotherhood wide be unfurl’d,
/ When Princes no longer in war shall delight!
A Lay on Wanganui in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Aye then what grand improvements due,
/ Will on thine aspect be impress’d:
/ Thy present worthiness, most true,
/ Shall thus in future be confess’d!
- How fancy paints a forest dense
/ Of masts, in buntings best array,
/ Above thy waters, while immense
/ Of merchandise make great display
/ Upon thy quays; while workmen strong;
/ Proclaim the bustle business brings;
/ With thy small town become, erelong,
/ A city, having merchant kings!
- To savage feuds, and deadly strife,
/ Though long thou hast a witness been;
/ Thou’rt waking to another life
/ Of usefulness, and joy, I ween!
- What now is seen, is prelude mere
/ Of what in future may occur
/ As shipping large may hither steer
/ With merchandise without demur;
/ Like that upon the Thames, or Clyde,
/ Which would make northern Britain great;—
/ When science makes this stream “the pride”
/ Of other days, in prosprous state!
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