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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Planted Hero of Trafalgar Square

A squire is in the square;
So many times those things
Before us, we don't see;
The changing tide we fight
It, with all of our might...
Globalization, is
The crust that holds firmly,
The economic pie;
And nothing is the same;
When the day has ended... 

Do you stop to wonder
Why, sometimes tears do fall
Simultaneously, when
Those kisses are planted?
Why good memories are
Made of bliss, and bad ones
Flow from those teary eyes,
And terror everywhere?
How many times do we
See squire within a square?

How many times we see,
People squatting out there,
In the air and the rain,
Around Trafalgar Square,
Heroes’ Square, the swing bridge,
The Central Bank and pier?
In this symbolism,
Competing images
In mind appearing,
Taxing over stressed brain; 

And those opposing views
We hear, and read in news.
Now Folks for crying out,
Across the island that
There stands a Navy man
In Trafalgar Square that
Is Independence Square
With stone-eyes at Barrow,
Our national hero;
This sailor from Britain; 

A squire within a square,
Pun intended, really
This foreign Admiral
Of the high seas fought for
The British monarchy;
This Lord towers high in
The middle of the square,
Faced Broad Street; backs Broad Street
Close to those buildings for
Parliamentarians;

This foreign sentinel
Guards, prominent site in
Barbados, this sailor
With a gun at his side
Near the boardwalk that
Hugs the ebbing tide,
And this man with one-eye,
One hand sailed many storms
Swirling the seven seas
And Caribbean lands. 

He looked at hurricanes
He watches ocean deep,
With their destructive eyes
On the sea and the land;
Yet he stands steadfastly,
Like the stately Royal
Palms near the bay, with their
Feet in sandy clay in
The porous coral ground
This Norfolk Admiral 

Gazes in full command;
Over harbor, the land,
The careenage and the
Tranquil estuary
Laden with all types of
Vessels mariners keep.
Wishes amid the stars
That he could again sail,
Blue Caribbean Sea
And mingle with Pringle,

At him everyone stares;
But, their gazes are looks
Of admiration mixed
With condemnation at
His stance, so demanding
So much more than a glance;
Tourists from near and far
Have come to pay homage
To noble Englishman
In bronzy body wear; 

With flashing cameras,
On this their Libra knight;
His stony face shines in
The hot tropical sun,
Hurricanes and the dew.
Vexed he as hell the bell
Chimes, loudly in his ears
Like the English’s  Big Ben
Singing on the air
Every hour and day.

And top of that all those
Birds that shit on his head
And "ladies of the night";
That Pringle keeps in her
Inn around Carlisle bay...
Colonial Bajans
Worshiped this Admiral,
'Cause at forty-seven
This Lord, a rector's son
In Battle Trafalgar

Showed extreme bravery,
Eighteen hundred and five,
In their “Little England”;
Bajans adopted Englishman
As their new found hero.
Eight years after his death,
Westmacott’s bronze statue
Of this rector’s son was
Place on Barbados' soil
In our Trafalgar Square.

His memory lives on;
In colonial breeze
Discontent still remains
Concerning his placement
In this Trident nation;
Patriotic Bajans
Aired their discontentment
For this British hero,
Lord Nelson in their square,
Heroes Square, with Barrow.

Father of their nation
Barrow their true hero
Independence he gave
In nineteen sixty-six
Sent, Union Jack back.
To quell the discontent
That brewed on the island,
Trafalgar Square renamed,
The Independence Square;
But discontent remained;

Nelson's relocation
Aired, across the island;
Barrow must take his spot,
He is our true hero;
No foreigner will do.
Appeasement back on board
Because they want the votes;
So the Square was renamed
Heroes Square but still the
Controversy remains. 

On the land, because the
People want Nelson move
From Heroes' Square, a place
For National Heroes;
Not Foreign navel-strings
The jury is still out;
Lord Nelson still usurps;
Amid  turning of his head
Front, back, east and the west.
Politicians silent. 

The Trident people still
Waiting for the day, when
Admiral Lord Nelson,
Move to the Garrison;
His final resting place...
This Independence Square,
Is the place for heroes
Who are Barbadians
Built by their sweat and tears
Is not for buccaneers...

© Paterika Hengreaves
(Barbados, 2003)

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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
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Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
Aotearoa

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Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
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Tōna pai me toitū
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Tōna noho, tāna tū;
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Kaua mōna whakamā;
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Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
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God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
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On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
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