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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 8 (November 1, 1937)

“The New Land.”

“The New Land.”

You made a grotto by the sea
Because you loved your English land,
You planted flowers for you—for me
You planted fern-roots in the sand.
But you were lonely by the sea
Because your eyes with love were blind,
You did not see the tussock-land
But lovely England—left behind.
I waited—hoping you would turn
And hear the bush songs tempting thee,
And answer them with joyous shout
And leave the cold unhappy sea.
I laughed with joy to see you start
When from the misty bush there fell,
A roving warbler's song of Spring
As clearly sweet as crystal bell.
A gleaming kowhai lit the gloom
And led the way from weeping sea,
New Zealand found your heart—and so
You tread the bushland tracks with me.