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254                  CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
PRAISE OF DINGAN.
A TERT CELEBRATED CBIEF.
" Thou needy offspring of Umpikazi
Eyer of the cattle of men,
Bird of Maube, fleet as a bullet,
Sleek, erect, of beautiful parts.
Thy cattle like the comb of bees.
0 head too large, too huddled to more, Devourer of Moselekatze, son of Machobana, Devourer of Swazi, son of Sobuza,
Breaker of the gates of Machobana, ' Devourer of Gundave of Machobana
A monster in size,* of mighty power, Devourer of Ungwati of ancient race, Devourer of the kingly Uomape'; Like Heaven above, raining and shining."
The other is an Alexandrian lament of the lack of nations to conquer. It is in honor of Tchaka, (a renowned warrior and chief).
" Thou hast finished, finished the nations! Where will you go out to battle now? Hey I Where will you go out to battle now? Thou hast conquered kings! Where are you going to battle now? Thou hast finished, finished the nations! Where are you going to battle now? Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!! Where are you going to battle now? "
From the extracts it will be seen that flattery is not confined to European courts; the Kaffir carries
ĽAll Kaffir chiefs aspire to obesity as an emblem of rank.






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