Thursday, August 8, 2013

What did you say?

Ehara i te mea
no inaianei te aroha;
no nga tupuna
i tuku iho, i tuku iho.

I wish I could convey the strong melodic lilt of this Maori-language song which I heard sung by students and teachers when I was giving presentations in Auckland, New Zealand last month.  Its meaning is:

This is not a new thing,
this love; it comes
from our ancestors,
handed down, handed down.

Lovely lyrics, from the wonderful native people of Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.  And how true: the gifts we hold--whether land or faith or talents or hope-- are received from others, and meant to be passed on freely!

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