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New Zealand Minstrelsy

The Bushman’s Harvest Home

“New Zealand Minstrelsy”: Page 12.

The Bushman’s Harvest Home.

Tune“Begone! Dull Care.

NatureThe sun sinks low
Behind yon western hill;
Clouds gilded glow,
The evening dews distill,
The twilight shades in haste succeed,
So sober’d all become;
The busy bushman quits his toil,
To seek his harvest home.

Chorus—His harvest home, his harvest home,
The bushman’s harvest home;
Who would not bless, with all success,
The bushman’s harvest home?

NatureThe ev’ning breeze
Its coolness breathes along;
While from yon trees
The night-bird croaks its song.
page 13“New Zealand Minstrelsy”: Page 13. Prosperity; WorkThe clearing, filled with golden grain,
Declares its time is come,
To crown his toils, to cheer his soul,
And bless his harvest home.

His harvest home, &c.

NatureThe upward moon
Now sheds her silv’ry sheen,—
Night’s cheering boon,
Amid a sky serene.
Work; FamilyPleased with his lot, and daily toil,
No cares his peace o’ercome;
His young ones greet, with noisy glee,
Their father’s harvest home.

His harvest home, &c.

Home; Family; JoyWith homely cheer
His board is quickly spread,
His partner dear
Delights to make him glad.
From circle gay, and blazing hearth
No wish has he to roam;
Content and happy, he enjoys
His humble harvest home.

His harvest home, &c.