Poem – “Napier”


I’ve knocked about this world a bit, and seen a thing or two.
I’ve had some real good times I know, and sometimes I’ve felt blue,
I’ve been in London, Frisco, Sydney, Also gay Paree,
But the place I like the best of all, Is Napier by the Sea. . .

She takes her name from that great man, who fought in India’s clime,
And led his troops to victory, The hero of his time,
And so in days to come we hope, His spirit still will be
An inspiration to all those, in Napier by the Sea. . .

She stands in beauty on the coast, And looks across the Bay,
Don’t miss the chance of seeing her,  You’ll ne’er regret your stay,
Other cities have their charms, With that I will agree,
But Napier gets a hold of you, this Napier by the Sea. . .

The quake it almost wiped us off in 1931
And some with craven hearts got out, as fast as they could run,
But men and women stayed behind determined as could be
To build a brand new Napier, Sunny Napier by the Sea. . .

Where Motor boats and yachts did race, the planes take off each day
With travellers for North and South, and speed them on their way
And at our Harbour freighters berth as snugly as can be,
And take their cargoes overseas from Napier by the Sea. . .

The Hospital is unsurpassed, it stands upon the Hill,
The view from off the balconies will never cease to thrill.
The Doctors and the nursing staff are skilful as can be,
And they nurse you back to health and strength, in Napier by the Sea. . .

So here’s a toast to Napier, and the folks who live there too,
May peace and progress be your lot, as life your journey through
And may she flourish, so that you content will always be
To dwell in health and happiness in Napier by the Sea. . .

S. Percy Spiller

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