Kahi Mele: He Kanikau / A Song: A Lamentation

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Kahi Mele: He Kanikau / A Song: A Lamentation

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2.

The din of mourning crackles and roars,

The fleeing one crackles and roars,

The bundle is carried on the back,

The child is held in front,

Loudly wailing in the forest,

The exploding voice of the thunder sounds above,

Rumbling and roaring in the late night,

An incessant noise from the lightning's mouth,

The sound rushes down to the sea's edge,

Echoing on the sandy shore,

The flight of victory,

The predawn darkness is broken; the early light of dawn unfolds,

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Ke Kumu Hawaii, January 21, 1835
, Book: 1, Number: 6, Page: 48