Published on Sep 2, 2010
This song is Akoakooterangi, which was composed in 1918 by Louisa Flavell or Maewa Kaihau of Ngati Te Ata hapu o te puaha o Waikato.
Paurangi te ngakau e hine
Moe moe wairangi te wairua,
Maranga ma tangi hau ora
Tiro pei kata aroha irunga
Muri muri hui hui o u kape,
Kere kere aroha i runga
Maranga e hine kua rongo he rangi
Kahore he pouri ekore etaea ete aroha.
Beneath a tree, stricken with love, I crept
Weary and lost, alone I slept
Rising in hidden sweetest murmurs
Gentle breezes peep and smile
Softer than silence o'er my brow they played
Wafting love's incense to my soul
Calling "Awake fond one, the heavens are glowing
There is no darkness love cannot light."
Standard YouTube License