Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.


TO OUR EARLY SETTLERS. (Dedicated to the Pioneers' Association.) Ye fought in the vanguard nobly. Fought through the barren years l . But ye were true men and women — Proudest of pioneers. Heroes and toilers unvanquished. Battling in single tile ; Settlors who took the wild country, • And tamed it mile by mile. Dreamers and fighters and champions Yours was a life for men. And yours seemed no way for women, Tho’ bravest were toiling then : Taking a track to the township. Facing - harsh rains or a flood. And this for the cause of freedom — The right of British blood..

Many and smooth are the roadways. And railway tracks are near. But dream of our early settlers, And trials of yester-year. Oh, think of the bitter hardships. The heavy and heartless toil ; But thank the Lord there’s a harvest, And sweet the corn and oil.

Forest, and wild-track, and river, Bleak as a dream of hate ! All this for the love of a woman, Or faith in hardy mate. All this for hope of the children — Ideals well worth the strife ; So settlers came forth and conquered— Iblb Thus the glamour of life !

O the sun shines on the mountains., Gay light is o'er the plain, And I see the happy homesteads And 'green of growing grain. The cattle are fat in the paddocks. Sheep search the grey hillside— A gift from out early settlers — One we can claim with pride.

But little a song is worthy— I feel its woeful dearth. O little this idle tribute To bravest of the earth. But one in his higher moments (One who has seen and knows), Can pay for the love of his country The halting song he owes. OTIA. (The above lines wore awarded first prize at the recent competitions in Invercargill. —Ed.),

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

Poetry., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

Word Count

Poetry. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.