My personal reflections on this blog take inspiration from the Bahá’í teachings.

Friday, 18 May 2007

Elegy to Malietoa Tanumafili II

O signal Chief of Polynesia's heart
Your noble soul has done its earthly part

You brought Mount Vaea's heights abiding fame
By blessing them, with worship of God's Name

Your hands gave true acclaim to what is just
Your deeds gave rise to loyalty and trust

Resisting power's corrupting, worldly wiles
You kept the flame of discord from your isles

To have seen a reign that history will extol
Each child of Silisili, must console

Embodying the best of royal arts
Your life became a signal to our hearts

[Malietoa's funeral will take place Saturday, New Zealand time / Friday, Samoan time. See Baha'i World News Service. See also, the Samoan Government website.]

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