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No. 4 (Autumn 1953)
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The song is my favourite and its tune is dignified as the words are. It is clear it was composed as a lament for a great chief, for taniwha is only applied to a great chief. Maori tunes have been described as monotonous and yet they express fittingly the feelings of one in sorrow. Shelley, a great English poet said, ‘Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought’.