Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LAMENT OF AROMAITERAI, by AROMAITERAI

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First Line: From mataaoe I look to own land tianina
Last Line: Tamaiti.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Tahiti

From Mataoa I look to my own land Tianina,
My mount Tearatupu, my valley Temaite,
My "drove of pigs" on the great mountain.
The dews have fallen on the mountain,
And they have spread my cloak.
Rains, clear away that I may look at my home!
Aue! alas! the wall of my dear land.
The two thrones of Mataoa open their arms to me Temarii.
No one will ever know how my heart yearns for my mount of

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