Commentary on Hawaiian Music and Liliu’s “Mele Lahui Hawaii,” 1867.

Hawaiian Music.—It is something to hear of Hawaiians, who but a few years ago, as a nation, possessed no other songs but the semi-barbarous Meles of their ancestors, and no other music than the montonous “ah—ah,——o—oo—u—uu,” of former years,—it is something pleasingly new to have to note the appearance of a neatly lithographed sheet of music for sale in the bookstore, both the words and music of which were composed by a Hawaiian lady. The title describes the sentiments expressed in the composition—”He Mele Lahui Hawaii,” or, in English, “A Hawaiian National Hymn.” The words are not rhyme, but read smoothly, with the euphony characteristic of the Hawaiian tongue, and the music is very sweet, the first few bars resembling those of the popular song of “Hazel Dell.” When sung by a full choir of natives, many of whom, male and female, have well managed voices of peculiar sweetness of tone, the “National Hymn,” expressing as it does both piety and patriotism, cannot fail to become popular. The lithography is very creditably done at Newcomb & Co’s book-bindery. We subjoin a translations of the words:

Almighty Father, bend thine ear,
And list the nation’s prayer,
That lowly bows before thy throne,
And seeks thy fostering care.
Grant thy peace throughout the land,
O’er each sunny sea-girt isle;
Keep the nation’s life, O Lord,
And upon our Sovereign smile.

Guard Him with thy tender care;
Give Him length of years to reign
On the throne His Fathers won,—
Bless the nation once again.
Give the King thy loving grace,
And with wisdom from on high,
Prosperous lead his people on
As beneath thy watchful eye.

Chorus—Grant thy peace, &c.

Bless, oh Lord, our country’s chiefs,
Grant them wisdom so to live
That our people may be saved,
And to thee the glory give.
Watch thou o’er us, day by day,—
King and people—with thy love,
For our hope is all in thee;
Bless us, thou who reign’st above!

Chorus—Grant thy peace, &c.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 6/1/1867, p. 3)

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XI, Number 48, Page 3. June 1, 1867.

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