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Chapter VII (continued)

Tu'ua tetapii ite avatea
Haati ite reva ate arii
Te arii ite rai tauatini
Hapuni ite reva ate arii
Te arii ite rai tauamano
E faatia raa reva tei Matahihae
Ite aro o Vehiatua
Na taata i ofati ite reva ate arii
O Teieie raua o Tetumanua
Ahiri toe hara i hope i reira
I ati te Oropaa
Na hia faifai roa te pohe ote fenua
Na hara ,oe ete Purahi
Ite reva ura ate arii
Tei fati hia e Taiarapu
A pohe ai tatou e
(The splendor) like the rays of noonday sun
Surrounded the standard of the arii
The arii of countless skies
Enveloped the standard of the arii
The arii of a thousand skies.
A feast was also held at Matahihae
In the presence of Vehiatua
The two men who broke up the feast of the arii
Were Teieie and Tetumanua
Had the sin ceased there
It brought misery to the Oropaa
And the whole land was laid prostrate
Oh, thou hast sinned, Purahi,
Against the reva ura of thine Arii
That was broken up by Taiarapu
Which brought on our ruin.

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E tatari oe ite nuu nui ite patu ofai
Ite marae i Mahaiatea
Pohuatea tei Punaauia
Tepauarii tei Ahurai
Teriimaroura tei Tarahoi
Te fenua i hara atu ai te maau e
Eimeo ite raravaru
Te fenua i tai hia e Mahine
Na oti ite pure, tootoo ia ite iho na
O Puni i Farerua, o Raa i Tupai
E tahua o Teae afano i Tahiti
E oroa tei Tahiti
Ahu raa reva na Teriirere i Tooarai
Tatou e no ho ai e
Na hara oe ete Purahi
Ite reva ura ate arii
Tei fati hia e Taiarapu
A pohe ai tatou e
Assembles the great host at the cairn
At the marae of Mahaietea.
Pohuatea at Punaauia.
Tepauarii at Ahurai.
Terii maro ura at Tarahoi
The land where the idiot was punished.
Eimeo, the eight branched,
The land dear to Mahine.
The prayers were said, the call was given
To Puni of Farerua, to Raa of Tupai
The high priest Teae is gone to Tahiti
There is a feast at Tahiti
The Ahuraareva for Teriirere of Tooarai
To whom we all bow down.
Oh, thou hast sinned, Purahi,
Against the reva ura of thine Arii
That was broken up by Taiarapu
Which brought on our ruin.


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