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The New Zealand Survey

Paikakariki.—A Sonnet

“New Zealand Survey”: Page 84.

Paikakariki.—A Sonnet.

On Paikakariki, what Perception; Arts; Joya beautiful view
Opes up to the traveller, inviting to rest,
The scene to enjoy, ere he’d farther pursue
His journey—thus feasting on pleasures the best:—
So, see far below, scudding sea-waves would seem
Small ripplings, and sea fowl pursuing their prey
But tiny;—While Kapiti’s high beacon isle,
Though storm-beaten, yet with grove-green’ry looks gay!
The sea beach of sands, north, outstretching one’s gaze
Would border wild prairies, lost far in yon haze!
From west, o’er the Straits see Kaikoura’s peaks gleam
’Bove dark clouds that float by its side; as, to smile
O’er sorrows, ’t would teach! Liberty; Arts; PerceptionWhile the sun, shining free,
Paints all with bright glories most charming to see!