Ei Tākiri Mai

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Ei Tākiri Mai (1880s) 
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Ēi, tākiri mai ko te ata,
Ka puta atu ki waho,
ka titiro noa atu
Ki waenga i te whīra
Te pōhututanga mai
a te karapu a Pine ī !

Ēi, tēra te karapu nōu na,
e Rima, te kori ra-i roto
l te riu o Pātea.
He rongo whutupōro.
I tere papae ai!
Auraki kau au
Ki re rapu-i ngā ture.

Ko koe na, e Tea, te tangata
i mōhio ki ngā ture hōu nei,
Hei ako i ahau: i rere tō waewae
Ki te kiki i te pōrō ī!

Ēi, he huinga, he minenga
Ki le purei i Pātea!
Ka kitea i reira to mohiotanga,
ka kitea i reira taku kuaretanga.
"Tīraha, e te karapu,
Kia tirohia atu te rere mai o te kiki
A Ngāti Tamawhiti ī!"


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