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Music of tsu Waters.                 323
one old man amongst perhaps a crew of six or eight women in mid-ocean. An Englishman, and certainly not an old one, would never be allowed a repetition of such amiable gallantry in a boatful of his country­women. One attempt at throwing a harpoon or knife and he would have laid down his steering-gear for ever, and gone to keep company with the fishes.
BOAT-SONGS OF THE SAMOAN AND TONGA ISLANDERS.
A gentleman attached to the United States Exploring Expedition wrote down the following boat-songs of the Samoan or Navigators' Islanders. He says : " The natives, owing to their communication with the Tonga or Friendly Isles, have some knowledge of Captain Cook, and a trans­lation of the first of the boat-songs would run thus :—
' Cook tells you, Pull away ; I will do so, and so must you.'
In their trips from town to town they are generally on parties of pleasure termed Malanga, and are frequently to be met with singing their boat-songs."
SONGS OF THE SAMOAN ISLANDERS. No. i.







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