Ballads

By Robert Louis

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...Transcribed from the 1895 Chatto & Windus edition by David Price, email
ccx074@pglaf.org





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...OF THE NAME 109
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... Alone from the sea and the fishing came Támatéa the fair,
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...the young, and at night, in the full of the
moon,
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... _Of all sounds on earth_, _dearest sound to me_.
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...the oar, on the way afoot; and at night
Arose in the midst...

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...Like a man concerned for his guest, and the fishing, and nothing
beside.

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...men’s faces for treasons and pondered their speech for
lies.
To...

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...gloomed on the heights; and the heads of the palms were
gems,
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... Spin from temple to temple; guided the perilous skiff,
Abhorred not...

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...battle and feast,
Marvellous eaters and smiters: the men of Vaiau not least.
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...foam;
And the children gleaned it in playing, and ate and carried it...

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...crossing the populous bay
By all the towns of the Tevas; and still...

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...well married, the innocent brood,
The tale of the generations repeated and ever...

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...feast, a famous wind for a fire.
To the hall of feasting Hiopa...

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...death, hurrying to and fro,
Like ants, to furnish the fagots, building them...

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...vengeance that comes after lingering years!
Ye quenched the voice of my singer?—hark,...

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...fire and the kava had quenched the life of their
mind,
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...bones of all his folk.

He fled unguided at first; but hearing the...

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...came,
And the torch shed in the wind scattering tufts of flame.
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...sedulous fisher, he walked the reef,
Pausing at times and gazing, striking at...

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...Tahiti, where he
lived. I have heard from end to end two versions; and as...

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..._quasi_ Tacksmen in the Scottish Highlands. The
organisation of eight subdistricts and eight yottowas to...

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...signify _hungering after fish_.
I may remark that here is one of my chief difficulties about...

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...would have bought the chief’s estate.
He dwelt in a high-built lodge, hard...

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...the hair of women slain.
Frenzy shook in his limbs, frenzy shone in...

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...the deer, and kind of eye like the dove?
Sly and shy as...

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...that none shall clasp but you,
For a crest and a fair adornment...

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...And only once in the night enters the light of the moon,
Nor...

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...seas.
“Farewell, my home,” said Rua. “Farewell, O quiet seat!
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...naked spirit of evil kneaded the hearts of the clan.

Now cold was...

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...trees of the valley the face of the mountain sprang;
Sheer and bare...

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...of the heart of death.
Home of my youth! no more, through all...

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...of light;
High and clear stood the palms in the eye of the...

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...of a rope, is he making a bridge of the air?”

Once and...

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...line of his long descent.
And ever he thought as he ran, and...

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...the spotted shade of the trees,
Owlish and blinking creatures scrambled to hands...

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...common in the islands.

{61} Note 1, page 61. “_Pit of Popoi_.” Where...

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... In the days of the feud and the fight.
By the sides...

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...His hair clove to his face,
When he came at last in the...

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...spilled in the air;
And the man that has undone me
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...the warning of the dead.”

Now when the night was over
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... And down the watery valley
And up the...

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...that swim in the sea,
And now that I am a captain-man
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...a man and boy,
But never have I set forth a foot
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...they do well: the man who
preferred his plighted troth to the commands and menaces of...

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...his brow and pale,
To rule in a land of heather
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... They took the son and bound him,
Neck...

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...And we gave her the maintops’l, and stood by to go about.

All...

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...her bearings, but the sails were new and good,
And the ship smelt...