New Zealand Minstrelsy
Stanzas, extemporaneously written during the Egress of 1833, and the Ingress of1834
Stanzas, extemporaneously written during the Egress of 1833, and the Ingress of1834.
See! how in uniform th’ approaching year
Advances boldly; nought its course prevents;
With its long line of infantry, while Fear
Forebodes sad changes, Hope its blest events.
See! like a courser with a flowing mane
Which on the breezes floats, it comes apace;
While Time is urgent as with slackened rein,
He pushes forward as to gain a race.
SocietyWe hail thee with triumphal shouts of joy,
Though expectation trembles in alarms;
While emulously all with either vie,
Who first will do obeisance to thy charms.
MemoryA 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.
We vainly hope revivals will ensue,
And happiness, with each approaching year;
ImaginationWild fancy holds the picture up to view,
Full drawn, though no realities appear.
Where are some now who once saluted fond
Last year’s approach? Alas! they’re in the tomb;
FriendshipOh! Armstrong, chiefly thou, who could respond
To friendship’s pleasures, now hast met thy doom.
Memory; FriendshipFrom 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.