Erratonga in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Forests evergreen displaying,
/ Fragrant shrubs perfume the air.
A Desperate Case in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- “This morn I long’d for pigeon soup,
/ So went a-pigeon-shooting;
/ The kawkaws long me sore did dupe,
/ At last a bird sat suiting.
The South-East Storm in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Sea gulls, winging round, as they dip for their prey,
/ Are scar’d, screaming wildly they flit through the spray:—
- A ratao’erthrown;
A Bushranging in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- strains of the tui, whose sweetness will woo thee,
Canto II — , Page 13. in The New Zealand Survey
- looking at the “Flora” of New Zealand. There is no appearance of its birth being beyond a thousand years, and probably not yet exceeding two-thirds of that period. For instance when we range the forests of the country, even upon the hills, how few old fallen trees comparatively, are to be found; and those that are standing do not shew much appearance of any great age. True it is that the remains of some ordinary sized trees are to be found in the Hutt Valley buried, some of them about twelve feet below the surface, and over which other sizable trees have grown: but such a climate as this country enjoys gives vegatation generally a rapid growth, so that trees shoot up and grow in bulk more rapidly than in a colder climate, where it would take a hundred years to effect what forty or fifty years would produce here. Taking into consideration the nature of the periodical floods taking place several times a year, and leaving behind, over the valley, goodly layers of mud; in a very few years, after the sea had retired, a
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- A forest dense in ev’ry verdant hue!
/ So see what vegetation now adorns
/ The mountains to their summits, gaily clad
/ With living foliage, various shades of green,
/ In harmony with ever-during spring!
- So, here may we enquire
/ Whence has th’ original Phormium Tenax come?
/ Since this is not indigenous elsewhere;—
/ And whence the Rata, Totara, and Pines,
/ Which in appearance seem of earliest birth?
- Blue Gums, and Stringy Barks,
/ The Oak, the Ash, the Hawthorn and the Larch,
/ Are in this country but exotics, brought
/ With many others, which one’s fancy culls
/ As a variety, far-fetched, and strange,
/ To be accounted “tasteful”—in advance
/ Of those content with homely native things!
- All such bring evidence within themselves,
/ That the New Zealand forest nothing owes
/ To other climes for seeds to sow her soil
/ In ancient days!—Nay more, they well deny
/ That a connexion ever did exist
/ Between this land, and large Australia;
/ Or, that betwixt, large tracts of country sunk
/ Are lost in ocean; see another proof,
/ Of quadrupeds this country ne’er could boast,
/ That native are, like those of other climes!
- when in early morn the forests round
/ Are vocal with the songs of earliest birds,
/ Whose strains from hill to hill reverb’ratin,
/ As striving, which in gladness can excel;
/ Whose sweet exertions, well might sloth rebuke,
/ Endeavoring man to rouse to dutious praise!
- now thickly clad
/ With mosses, rushes, ferns, and woody shrubs,
/ Adapted by their natures, there to grow,
/ With phormium tenax in abundance rank,
/ As such by flowing streams, or in a marsh
/ Take great delight; thus all marsh loving plants,
/ Wherever found, their roots still intertwine,
/ To form the basis of productive soil
/ For other vegetation in its turn!
A Fine Morning in The New Zealand Survey
- The birds that were silent, as if they repined
/ This wet chilly season of Equinox change,
/ Are now all intent their mute woes to estrange
/ And chant forth their joys; so hear, vocal indeed,
/ They make the bush ring! thus expressing their praise,
/ With song answ’ring song in their sweetest of lays,
Canto IV in The New Zealand Survey
- In corroboration of the above may be mentioned that one of my neighbors, after having burned off some bush, which he had felled on the top of a hill on his lot of land, he discovered some remains of an extinct species of bird, called the
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- 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 First in The New Zealand Survey
- How pleasant ’tis, when all appears serene,
/ Beneath the sunshine and an azure sky;
/ When the green forest, in its various shades
/ Of vernal livery, much delights the eye
/ With variegated beauties; and effects
/ A soothing influence on reflective minds,
/ Though ruffled much by life’s distracting cares!—
Preface in The New Zealand Survey
- clad with various kinds of fragrant shrubs, and other flowering plants of native yield and beauties;
- New Zealand is the land for scenery; such that contains a vast amount of grandeur and picturesque beauty; not only so, but it also contains much that prompts enquiring wonder, when first is seen its lofty ridges covered with evergreen forests, and its deep ravines from which issue its many purling brooks, all beckoning and inviting the reflective mind to go far into the past of time, there to witness scenic phenomina which language almost fails to describe.
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
- In times of yore ore man was cast
/ A wreck upon this southern isle,
/ Would forests grace these prairies vast;
/ And in their ever verdure smile:
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