John Rutherford, the White Chief eBook

George Lillie Craik
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  As dear to thee as once?  And have thy joys
  Lost nothing by comparison with ours? 
  Rude as thou art (for we return’d thee rude
  And ignorant, except of outward show)
  I cannot think thee yet so dull of heart
  And spiritless, as never to regret
  Sweets tasted here, and left as soon as known. 
  Methinks I see thee straying on the beach,
  And asking of the surge that bathes thy foot,
  If ever it has wash’d our distant shore. 
  I see thee weep, and thine are honest tears,
  A patriot’s for his country:  thou art sad
  At thought of her forlorn and abject state,
  From which no power of thine can raise her up.”


[Footnote CO:  Kaipuke, a ship.]

[Footnote CP:  That is, Tasmania.]

[Footnote CQ:  There are no tortoises in New Zealand.]

[Footnote CR:  Rutherford did not return to New Zealand, and nothing more was heard of him.  On December 5th, 1828, “The Australian,” which ’was published in Sydney, stated that a man named Rutherford, who had been tattooed by the Maoris, and naturalized by them, was then in London, practising the trade of a pickpocket, in the character of a New Zealand chief, but that was before he supplied his story for “The New Zealanders.”]

[Footnote CS:  Omai was an islander, who was taken to England, where he was lionized, and was afterwards taken back to the islands during Cook’s last voyage.]

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