The Love Letter in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- I remember still
/ Her parting pledge so free;
/ Nor will forget the fervent wish
/ She breathed to Heav’n for me.
Erratonga in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- “Ever may ye flow, sweet river,
/ Bliss diffusing round,” he cried;
/ “Ye remind me of those pleasures
/ I with my true love enjoyed.
Stanzas, extemporaneously written during the Egress of 1833, and the Ingress of1834 in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- From childhood, nought could break that genial tie,
/ By which our hearts in fellowship were join’d;
/ But Death has made a breach, which makes me sigh,
/ As still thy memory’s cherish’d in my mind.
- A few short minutes more, and then is past
/ The lingering year, as it had never been;
/ With all its joys and cares;— it hastens fast
/ T’escape, and launch us to another scene.
/ Ah! now’t has fled; no more to be recall’d,
/ ’Tis mingling with the years beyond the flood;
/ To be forgot;—so thence have thousands roll’d,
/ With loads of crime much crimson’d o’er with blood!
Stanzas, Extemporaneously Written on a Stormy Night, Dalserf, November 4, 1833 in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- In nights as this, still retrospection calls
/ To mind,
Evening Industry in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- The thoughts of home, and former joys,
/ Insensibly stole o’er his mind;
/ And fond remembrance drew a sigh
/ For friends, endear’d, he left behind.
Preface in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- may we not endeavour to hand down to our posterity some familiar remembrance
- a tribute to the
memory of the early settlers of our Colony
Wairau:—or Col. W—’s Dirge to the Memory of His Brother in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- Thy mem’ry shall live,
- As long as thy mem’ry my bosom retains.
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- And blest be such beginnings, as they tend
/ To realize great things in other days!
/ Such works, in truth, a monument of praise
/ Should be regarded by each rising race;
/ Such ought in due remembrance to be held
/ In memory of their fathers, as they reap
/ The fruits of former labours, while they build
/ Their fortunes on the broad foundation,
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- Such fancied pleasures, as embodied here
/ In all reality, would one remind
/ Of paradizian joys found in that vale
/ Where Rassless lived, in ancient story famed!
/ Descending now from fancy’s Pisgah height
/ The scene t’ examine;—it declares itself
/ The former basin of an inland lake,
/ Connected once with briny tides, which laved
/ These mountain steeps.
- Recalling now our thoughts to other scenes,
/ That speak of progress, be it e’er so slow,
/ From rude beginnings, to developments
/ Of great acheivements, Nature in her aims
/ Effected have along the course of time.
To a Mountain Daisy in The New Zealand Survey
- Yes! ye from adverse fortune’s strife,
/ Recall my pensive thoughts, in brief,
/ To muse on former scenes of life,
/ Affording something of relief!
- But ye remind me when a youth,
/ How I felt grieved, with careless feet
/ To tread such beauties down! In truth
/ I felt so charmed with flowers so sweet!
/ And ye remind, when I would pore,
/ And ponder over nature’s page;
/ No other scenes then pleased me more
/ Than flow’ry fields, so as t’ engage
/ My fancy for the while!—But ah!
/ How like a dream those days have passed!
/ Yet recollections fond can draw
/ From those, some comfort, when downcast.
- ’Tis well to look upon the past,
/ Recounting trials triumphed over;
/ Dispelling glooms that would o’ercast
/ The mind, and thus its peace recover!
Canto Third in The New Zealand Survey
- One shock may do its part, though little more
/ Than prove a warning note, as to prepare
/ For other elevation; first t’ effect
/ A loosening of joints! Though ages pass
/ Until from all remembrance ’tis extinct,
/ ’Twill yet return to say—“I must complete
/ The orders first received!”—if not at once
/ Yet in such intervals, as He, who gave
A Retrospective Reverie. — On receiving the “Hamilton Advertiser” a provincial newspaper, sent from “Home,” 1859 in The New Zealand Survey
- I hail the news from Hamilton,
/ And all the little towns surrounding;
/ How it recalls to memory
/ Old friendships, and old scenes of joy,
/ With happy interests abounding.
- The mind, which fondly would be winging
/ Back to old haunts, as to enjoy
/ Again those scenes thus long forsaken:—
/ Now glad to learn of changes fair
/ Which time has wrought, with tasteful care
/ Upon them, if I’m not mistaken.
- No!—still retentive mem’ry serves
/ A solace oft, to painful musing:—
/ Oh friendship! thou most sacred boon,
/ How throbbed my bosom to thy tune!—
/ Thou still hast potency, infusing
/ Such charms that soothe all cares!
- My heart rejoices in the thought
/ That all are active in progression!—
- Rosebank, your scenes are photographed
/ Upon my heart; in retrospection,
/ These, oft enjoy’d, make cares a void,
/ As Milton, Maulslee, Haughs of Clyde,
/ Rise beautiful in each reflection;
/ As when in placid lake is seen
/ Bright mirror’d—scenes,—although inverted—
/ Of azure skies, lawns, woods, and bowers,
/ Above which, gleaming mansion towers,
/ All, beauty’s duplicate, asserted!—
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- What though your names by some ungrateful race
/ Should be forgot, your works shall testify
/ Of your brave hardihood, and never be
/ Obliterated, while the earth endures
/ As your memorial, which may still condemn
/ The idly foolish, who might scorn your toils
/ As useless; while such will declare how much
/ Ye should in due rememb’rance be esteemed!
- Ah poor degraded race! Thus exiled far
/ From ancient relatives and friendship’s joys,
/ So long, till true remembrance have been lost
/ Of such they may have had; from sires forlorn
/ They’ve sprung a num’rous progeny; and now,
/ How much through foul distrust and variance strange,
/ They have asunder parted, and become
/ To either aliens, reft to separate tribes,
/ With every tie of brotherhood annulled!
/ Of common comforts, such that cheer the poor
/ Of other lands, how much they’ve been devoid!
Canto V in The New Zealand Survey
- Looking back upon the history of the past, in so far as it regards that of the colony; and taking into consideration the hard beginnings of many a worthy old colonist, and how they faced hardship and privations with spirits of bravery; and having through arduous perseverance and toil got, as it were, through the hardest of the struggle, and coming out, so to speak, to the prospect of a time of rest and enjoyment; then, at that time,
Canto Third in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Hard, hard is such a case: adversity
/ Would seize him as the victim of its sport,
To my Auld Trews in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Though former freenships fail—’tis sad!—
/ Like the fine gloss my trews ance had;
/ Yet may remembrances still shed
/ Aroon’ this heart
/ (Like holes weel patch’d,) an influence glad,
/ Joys to impart!
/ ’Tis thus we may some wisdom gain
/ Frae common things, whilk aye contain
/ Gude halsome truths; whilk to attain,
/ The eydent Muse
/ Wad, moralizin’ sing this strain
/ To my auld Trews!
Canto Sixth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- To have no one to love, or no good deed
/ To do; or have no influence for good,
/ Can leave no mark behind, when thou art gone
/ Beyond life’s bourn, to tell that virtue lived
/ In such a sphere; thy life will only shew
/ The image of a desert, amid which
A Retropective Ditty in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- To youth’s old joyous scenes
/ Still one’s thoughts are apt to wander;
/ Such oft the mind serenes,
/ As on former things he,d ponder:
/ Thus as I muse on home
/ In the town of ancient Straven;
/ In fancy would I roam
/ On the thymy banks of Aven!
Canto First in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Truth’s lustre gone,
/ What clouds of gloom envelope would the world,
/ But for such rays Love, still glimmering through,
/ To cheer one’s pilgrim path of life, and prove
/ A motive to advance in virtue’s cause,
/ While keeping in remembrance former bliss!
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
- Reverting yet to ages past,
/ When upland plains around were clad
/ With prestine forests, dense and vast;
/ All not in man’s remembrance had.
/ Of which, appearances around
/ Are silent; as the tales of yore
/ Held secret,—mystery profound,—
/ As none were privileged such t’ explore!
/ But plougmen now, those lands who, till,
/ Find oft their plough-shares stick upon
/ Some vestage tree-roots left, whieh still
/ Would testify of forests gone!
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
- ’Tis well to glance back on the paths we have travell’d,
/ To see where we’ve err’d, or have faild to take heed;
/ That future enigmas may soon get unrevall’d,
/ Which puzzling may seem; and so aid to succeed!
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