“Kuu Moi,” a patriotic mele by Clarence E. Edwords, 1896.

Kuu Moi.

Oh Lydia, Heaven born child of the sun!
Liliuokalani, aloha, kuu Moi!
True sovereign of the sun kissed isles of the sea,
Let it not be said that they race is now run.
How shall the intruders for their crimes atone?
For the vile indignities cast upon thee?
Oh, what, indeed, should the fit punishment be
For those who so basely robbed thee of thy throne?
Even now with stones they children are fed;
Aye, but it were better that they should be dead
Than pledged allegiance to the foreign born band,
Or take subsistence from their accursed hand.
Akua mana loa forbid it be said
That thy people deserted their native land.

Clarence E. Edwords.

[Does anyone know the story of Clarence E. Edwords?? There are some nice references to what is happens with the patriots of the Royal Hawaiian Band choosing to eat stones before pledging allegiance to the Provisional Government. Ellen Predergast composes “Mele Ai Pohaku,” and Clarence E. Edwords composes “Kuu Moi.”]

(Makaainana, 7/13/1896, p. 1)

Kuu Moi.

Ka Makaainana, Buke VI—-Ano Hou, Helu 2, Aoao 1. Iulai 13, 1896.