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The Ancient History of the Maori, His Mythology and Traditions. Nga-Puhi [Vol. X, English]

Chapter XVIII — Pomare

Chapter XVIII

The yearning heart, longs to be
Back in Hawa-iki again,
And press the loved one to this heart,
But so it is, and Tiki did of old
An opening to the hearts affection make
And I now love thee and thy voice
O Tawhi, in thy chanted song.
Then o depart, and let thy face
Be looked upon near fire
That blazes near the mouth
Of Whanga-ehu river distant now,
But leave me not alone, wait still
O Po-mare, my fading appetite is lost
For Tu, as thou hast acted
That I should ever be a sacred one to thee.