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Your fame shall gain the lofty summit of Haumatao
And when the lauds beyond shall ask, " whose sons are these ? '"
" They were known, " we'll say " when victories were won;
They were known when standing on the bow
Of the canoe, or moving on the armies
Lifting high making great their people. "
Yes ye were known; tho' young and tender then
Your arm gave stroke for stroke.
Ah ! why did I not leave my son at Ngaengae
Then Totaraiahua had not seen thee,
Nor levelled at thee the fatal gun
And now ye haste away in companies to Manukau
You and your fathers.
Now let the yearnings of my spirit cease
Since ye nobly fell in battle"
Pani, Rongotau and Matua, the parent kumaras or sweet potatoes from which the
numerous varieties the poet calls " progeny " have been propagated.
The land of spiritseternity.
Hawaiki, the country of the New Zealander prior to his landing on the New Zea-
The poet supposes that departed spirits have power over the winds of the " po "
or eternal night.
Name of a place.
A sea-birdemblem of a great chief
The fish, barracuda. As the sea-bird captured its prey from among many fishes
choosing the best, so his sons struck down in the fight the renowned chieftains of the
The family cemetery. The idea is that the departed ancestors would conduct
the spirits of his sons to the abode allotted to them.
THE OX MAN.
The sons of a settler at Hokianga killed an ox belonging to certain natives and the
young men having made their escape to the Otago gold fields, payment was demanded
of the father, who refused to recognise the claim. It was argued that the beef had
been salted and was in the settlers house, ia his keeping; but the appeal was unavail-
ing. Shortly after this, Sir George Grey arrived in the district, when the natives in
question despatched a messenger to the settler for a bottle of rum. This demand met
with a more ready response, and the Maori returned bottle in hand. The owners of
the stolen ox immediately waited on their friend, and holding up the bottle of spirits
just sold said, " Mr. , if you do not at once pay for our ox this rum will be
taken to the Governor, and you will be obliged to pay a fine that will purchase many
oxen. " This had the desired effect. The cash was handed over to the natives by the