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BEVIEW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889
Colokialp Gourmts, being Pr fms *n Partnership, by Ga rge Phipps Wilium? and W. P. Retves. (ChrletoViurch : Simpson and "William?.)
Within the compass o! 65 pages of nice dear letter-press, enclosed m neat covers of cream alligator p per, with title m rose colored itk tfeere lies before us a pretty little volume, who^e antkorahip i indicated above Most, if not ail, of the thirty lays which it contains have, we believe, been from time to time previously published, but they ore now for the first time brought together ia co'Jecteo form Ihid ara a very welcome addition to t! c literature of the colony. Unambitious m their motif, th y yet display literary tkil of a high order, and not 'seldom breathe the true spirit of po try. .They are sparkling and bright with scintillations of wit, and here and there we find touches of genuine pathos ; while from beginning to end of the vo'ume the flow of metre is •mooth and easy, without a jarring note and with scarcely a faulty iiue. There is occasionally a vein of satire of the goodhumored sort, associated with skilful and amusing sketches of colonial incident Some of them betray the egis'atorial proclivities of one of the members of the ** Partnership," »» for example that headed "The Ladies' Triumph," m which (by anticipation) the story is told of the passing of '* The Women's Franchise Pill " by the New Zealand Parliament How Six sessions had debated it, the seventh saw it passed. Six times the "Lords" had thrown it out, - now it waß law at last. There was doubt and dread m Christohuroh as the news oame flashing through ; The husbands cowered m their dubs— they knew not what to do. They shuddered at the shouting, as the .tale went fast and far, Hid bellowing of newsboys and a mighty roar of "Star I" And bow addressing the ladies assembled to celebrate the victory of the sex a va'iant orator (or or&tress) m divided skirt thus paraphrased Macaulay : "Hoi maidens blithe and Blender. Hoi nations stout and stern ; Behold the hour, at length, wherein the trampled wotm may turn ; The wronged of sixty centuries may now their wrong repay ; For to-day, the slave is mistress, the weak is strong to-day. How shall we teaob our masters, the youthful and the old, Enlarge their minds and show them how to do what they are told. Henceforth Bmall boys shall wear their olothai without a spot or stain, And those who pull their buttons off shall ; aew them on again. Ib the lines on "The Russian Scare "of 1885 A little quiet sarcasm is indulged at the expense of the several branohes of the \ Volunteer force, the yeomanry cavalry coming m for the following : — When cavalry can fight afloat Orironolads onshore, Oar yeomen bold by oommon vote WSI bethe men to score. When horses learn to charge at sea They'll extirpate the foe ; Bat, just as yet, what use they be I don't precisely know. Then the often recurrent difficulty of political party m a country where there | can scircely be f aid to be clearly defined party Hoes is hit off m " The Premier's PtHcsle," m which the head of the Government ia made to sing
Waktkd a Pomct— Any will do, liberal, Radical, Tory true blue. What may we offer by way of finance ? How shall we pipe to yon, how shall we danoe? •Tell us your wishes— depression and doom, Of, if yon like it ( a bit of a boom. Borrowing, progress, eoonomy, rest — Hake your ehoioe, gentlemen, yon know the beat. One if yon like not another we'll try, Wanted, a policy, won't yon supply ?
▲ little farther on we meet with a very true picture of that bane of squatter life tfce genuine * • Sundowner," whose journeyings m search of woik (wbich be prays he m»y not succeed m getting) are vividly poortrayed, until, after adventures and troubles many
At length m unexpected way Gvcae for these smarts a oruel ointment : He found a job. Alaok.a-day I Ah then, indeed, fell disappointment " Then burst bis mighty heart," before In storm or sunshine ne'er a flagger. . He went to ivork, for evermore A disappointed swagger. A .good specimen of easy rhythm occurs m a little piece intituted " A Melbourne Mi<bap" m which the amusing misadventure of an actor who " was something of a swell is amusingly told, and clever .examples of rhyming under difficulties .occur m "Lines written m a Lady's Album," " Wanted a Cook " and " Pax Mobiacum." There is genuine wit and clever sarcasm m " A Little List," euppoaed to be furnished by aa overworked reporter — a la the Lord Chancellor m " lolsnthe "—in which he enumerates
The Freetrfcde Statistician with anoompromis*
ing jaw; 'The political Eoonomiet, that alUsurpassing bore; The oonsaentious Candidate explaining to the end <frfrw»«%i finanoes that he does'nt oomprehend; The disappointed suitor from the Magisterial Court, Whose character's been rained by an incorrect . report, fVbo would fair exact retraction with a leg o' mutton fist— And of whom he trothfolly asserts, that They'd none of 'em be missed— they'd none of 'em be missed. But there are touches of a higher order tban this m " A Deserted School Bathing Place," where a retrospect of schoolboy experiences on the Avon close* with * Ah thote old days still on the wing. With hope of what the years would bring That could not come too faßt. Hath aught, if full aooount we take, .Come with the rapid yean to make 3?be present match that past ? Good* bye. The better by a thought J go, wis2» cheerier fanoy fraught, Though Jew the leaves that fly, And wan. while shivering speotreß fall While still the gallon water's pall Befleets the sullen sky.
And again In this picture of a New Zealand streamlet m the lloea beaded "The Greet"
There the elegant toi-graifl waves' »to whit*
plume, There the graceful korari-itick rears up tit* bloom, Ani the rubicund petals that deck its tall head Axe sticky and wet with the honey they shed, While the flax-leaves bend over and offer their
shade, With a glittering rustle of blade against blade.
And yet again the following bUds*, referring to the leading men of the early deyi of Canterbury whloh ocean In the dfcerlption of •• A Ball In the old Provln* elal Ooancll Chamber." They with the desert won the strife, They towed the leed of social life, Whose stately tree wa view. Oh float them not m oareless tones, Who laid oar State's foundation stones, And laid them deep and tree. Hen, too, li a touching plotura (taken from the prologue to a dram»tlo perform»noo •* fiannyilde Aaylam) of those who tat bettf t of reaion. Thoie Whow woe U deepest of all human woes, Whose fate is hardest of all .mortal fates ; Whose weight is heaviest of earthly weights ; Who know the pain, the worm that never dief , The agony supreme of agonies ; Whose death m life the living dread to fee, Whose life m .death the dying e'»n would flee. Asd here another of the bnrlal of a child In lome far away up-country plaoe "Not In God's Acre." They laid her, rescued from life's ills, Where she was wont to play, .Facing the ounre of the nobla fciJli, P*7WiikilQWini iprty, " '
The man etood silent 'neath the sting, The woman wept a space ; They strewed the white, wild blooms of spring, Then turned and left the plaoe. What could they do? No priest was there To bid them wait m trust, Or read the sweet old English prayer Over ths childish duat.
That la genuine poetry, md 50 also Is this oa ''(iocdoa at Khartoam " with which wo must close our ootioe of th's chufmfno Yv.Vh volnme White face among dark faces, White soul black hearts amid ; | Afar within waste plaoes, A light that was not hid, Of hero stuff unruly In unheroio age ; Praised, worshipped, blamed unduly, Not for to-day to gunge. A land he toiled m saving, Its loss m death to be, He died, the free enslaving, Who lived the slave to free, By death unseen, uncertain, He conquered certain fame ; And fills behind fate's oartain A grave without a name.
BEVIEW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2072, 25 February 1889
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