| 20 AOTEAROAMAORI RECORDER.
For the last twenty years Hori Pokai bore the character of a man of peace;.
It is to be hoped that he received " with meekness the ingrafted word which
is able to save the soul, " for we find him advocating a principle which is at
variance with native ideas, and human nature itselfthat evil should not be
met by evil, a sentiment which openly confronts the false notions of many a
high-headed but low-hearted professor at the present dark era of the world
an era in which is pre-eminently visible " the form of godliness " without the
Many interesting incidents might be related, showing Hori Pokai's good
will and very kindly feeling towards the European settlers, and his earnest-
ness, in promulgating amongst his own countrymen that true bravery, which
imparts such exalted dignity to the character of man, returning good for
evil; but want of space compels us to pass on, we content ourselves, therefore,.
by giving a brief account of his last illness and death, in August 1860.
Conscious that his spirit was about to forsake its earthly home, that the
last rays of bis setting sun would soon be invisible to human sight, he
addressed his relatives and friends who attended him thus; " After my de-
parture hence, be good to the white people; be ever kind, and loving to them
and forsake not our father. Be workers [i. e. obedient servants for God
who is the refuge for us all.
" I have no desire to remain in this world, for I have discovered its ini-
quity. O my children, Christ is the resting place for us. " He called for a
New Testament and desired one of the attendants to read the 7th chap, of II
Cor., and he commented upon it.
" Three days " says his son" were his relatives praying for him; and he
also was engaged in prayer at the same time, so that his spirit might go
direct to the Saviour. " And think you reader that prayers ascending from
these bleeding hearts would not have " power with God, and prevail ? " How
cheering, to the sorrowing friends would the promise be, " Call upon me in the
day of trouble, I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. "
When the soul was lingering on the bank of the dark river which sepa-
rates earth from heaven, the weeping friends of the dying chieftain, in bitter
grief imploringly exclaimed, " Father, stay with us a little longer !" " Let
me go; " said the man of peace with equal earnestness, " two messengers
have come to fetch me; =I am going to Christ. "
Thus ended the earthly pilgrimage of the venerable Hori Kingi Pokai, on
the 16th of August, 1860. He has left a widow, Mata Te Mahirahi, and
two sons, Aperahama Te Hiwinui, and Hori Rakena,. His relatives and the
tribe, we trust, will attend to the excellent sentiments he uttered in the hour
of death, and we hope that they will under all circumstances follow the blessed
adjunction which was the rule of his life" Be not overcome of evil; but
overcome evil with good. "