OKAIN'S BLUEGUM PLANTATION.
The verses we publish below came from a correspondent who bewails tbe sacrifice of tbe fine plantations of bluegum9 about to be destroyed at Okain's Bay in order to make l way for tbe new vicarage. The sacrifice of so beautiful a plantation of so many years standing is given below : Graoeful creatures that adorn Mother Earth
in which thou hast been nursed these
many years, Cease to rustle in thy pri3e, but moan as chilling winter wind stirs thy gloßsy
leaves to tears; For the axe is laid beneath thy stalwart trunks
by cruel hand of man, Who could not produce one single vein of all
thy glorious mantle. So savagely attacks thee and lays thee with
a mighty crash prostrate ; And all tbe summers, all the winters braved
are counted nothing more than impris'
oned sunshine To be released, may be, for a few brief hours
upon some homely hearth — Cremated thou must be, "ashes to ashes" is the funeral knell for thee.
To me thou did'Bt almost seem as sacred things, for thou art Nature's pleasure ; Oh. faithfully hast thou stood on border of consecrated ground: God's house hard by has sheltered 'neath thy mighty branches as with graceful poise they, spreading o'er no small space, Did'Bt check the sun who gave thee birth, andleft the sacred edifice under a shadow seemingly, Though warmed it ever is by Son'f Man, who made all things good, and to Whom the mystery of thy marvellous growth Is no mystery at all.
Farewell, most noble witnesses (of Nature s
might, Earth is poorer bereft of thee; Friend to many passers by thou hast been ; In thy branches tired birdß of the air have found a resting place; Children 'neath thy shade have made their
,play, And'all to thee do now their homage pay— For, like the hand of him who planted thee, gently cared for thee whilst thou wast young— Thou must vanish from our sight.
Thou didst not die—thou might have lived for aye ! Alas, that sacrilege against the finer feelings should prevail ; Innocent thou art, condemned to die, Though c'en Time can never from our cherished memories take Such thoughts as these which follow in thy wake.
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OKAIN'S BLUEGUM PLANTATION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914
OKAIN'S BLUEGUM PLANTATION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914
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