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to eat. Then I, Omai, saw mills of printed at the top of it, that it was an fire, which whirled round, and made Excellent New Song, and that Otaa noise like the King's cannon, with heitemen may know how to make songs a prodigious hissing like the sound of for their King. the surf at Otaheite:-then a red flame which lighted all the trees; and all of SAW YE GEORDIE CUMIN'. a sudden, a temple of pure fire, and
An Excellent New Song. the King's crown, and the letters of his name, which is George Fourth, in fire
Saw ye Geordie cumin', quo' she, also. All this was beautiful, though Saw ye Geordie cumin',could not conceive how it was done ; Wi’his nobles round him pressing, and I was astonished. And all the And the mobbie runnin'? people, that is, the crowd, roared out 0, tak your stick intil your hand, for joy, for that is the way the Eng- And up the hill and see him,lish of Edinburgh show their gladness ; Baith grit and sma', to see him land, and the word of joy which is roared,
Are aff, to welcome gie him, quo'she, is, when written in letters, printed
Are aff, to welcome gie him. “Hurra,” and no other word is used, 0, saw ye Geordie cumin', quo' she, even by the King. And I could never Saw ye Geordie cumin'?have tired of looking at the flying fire The Crown o' Scotland's down the gate, which went into the air ; but it went The Highland pipes are bummin'. out at last, and was done ; so I, Omai, 0, pit your bannet on your head, the son of the son of the great travel
Wi' heather on the side o't,ler, went home with the good Captain
I'll see the King, or I be dead, Smith to his lodgings, and wrote down
Whatever may betide o't, quo' she, in my white book all that I had seen,
Whatever may betide o't. that men of Otaheite may know how Gudewife, what's that ?-I hear a noise, to make fires to please the King.
Sounds through the lift like thunner ; And the head of me, Omai, was so
And hear that shout o' thousands rise, full of the grand sights I had seen,
Gars a' the bigging dunner. and which nobody in the hundred
It maun be Geordie come at last;
See how the crowd are runnin', islands of the Great Sea of Otaheite
I'll out and welcome him mysel'could conceive, that I, Omai, could
Hurra for Geordie cumin', quo' he, not eat, nor speak of any thing else ;
Hurra for Geordie cumin'! only I ate a hen, which was roasted at the Captain's house, with the Cap
DAY SECOND. tain, and another Captain, who commands the whale ships. And wine of
The Illumination. Port was brought ; and it is the custom for the people of the island of The next day was the great day of Edinburgh, to express their joy by the fire illumination of candles, when drinking this liquor, which is red. the whole city of houses were to be And so I, Omai, drank the King's lighted to please the King. And this health ; and the whale-captain, he is an illumination-one candle or lamp sung the King's hymn, which is “God is not an illumination, but when all Save the King !" and Captain Smith the candles and lamps in the island sung the sailor-man's song, which is, are lighted at once, and fires upon the
Nobody shall be slaves, while the hills, to warm the sheep and cows, and King rules the waves.' And I, Omai, to let them know the King was come, bought a song to sing, from a lame that is a true illumination. And man in the street, for a penny; and the great Erees and chiefs had crowns though I did not know the tune nor and reading words on their houses, all the words, for it was not in Bible Eng- made of fire, and it was wonderful, lish, but only Edinburgh English, for they were formed of little glass such as is spoken by learned men, yet bottles, and light in the inside.
And I, Omai, myself, sung this song, to the some of the lights were green, some tune of Wa wa woo, which was the blue, and some yellow.
I, Omai, besame thing. And the Captains laugh- ing learned by the Missionaries, could ed, and were pleased, that I, Omai, also read the names, and they were the sung so well. And this is the song, names of the King, which is George which I put in my book, because it was Fourth, and good prayers for the King. And thistles of fire also burned curi- King of such a great people; but Capously, with cabbages of flame, for the tain Smith, he persuaded me, and said thistle plant belongs to the island of that I needed not be afraid neither of Edinburgh ; and I, Omai, liked to see the King nor of the men and the how the cunning men lighted them, swords, for they were not fighting for this wise people can do any thing. swords, but merely for ornament, like
And there was no walking in the the tail of a dog or cat. And the King streets for the number of people, and likes to see no person that has not a ladies, and children, for nobody must sword, and a black bag at the neck of stay in their houses during the King's his coat, in which combs for the hair illumination ; so I, Omai, went up to are kept in readiness that their heads the hill of Calton to see the town burn. may be smooth before the King. No ing; and when I got to the top of the person also must go before the King hill, it was like a dream, for all the in his own clothes, for it is the custom great island of the city of Edinburgh of this country that every Eree or was shining like gold, and not fire any chief shall put on other clothes, curimore, only the Castle building was a ously made, and which are hired out terrible fire to look at. And Î, Omai, for money by tailor men who follow came down again with the good Cap- the King; only the Celts, that is, tain, and walked along all the streets, Highlanders, they may go in their and touched thousands of ladies so own dress, because they come from beautiful, who smiled so sweetly in the the mountains, and have no money to face of me, Omai, (for I was pressed by get other clothes. So I, Omai, thought the crowd) that I could have walked I should like better the spotted clothes among them for ever, it was so plea- of cloth of tartan, as this people call sant to be near them. And when I, it, to go before the King, than the Omai, was thinking of nothing but flunky men's clothes; and so my Capthe lights and the ladies, all at once tain took me to a merchant who had there came a great noise of thunder ; these clothes, and I, Omai, the son of and I was afraid that the fire
men had the son of the great Omai, the travelburst the city up with gun-powder. ler, was a Celt, in a philabeg or pettiBut the Captain said it was the can- coat, with heath in my bonnet hat, non-men in the Castle firing to let the and a sword and pistols, and a purse King hear them. Then I, Omai, look- apron. And nobody knew me for Ömai, ed at the firing; and I saw the fame, not even the great wise man Ambrose; and it was no more, only in a little and even some of the real mountain came the sound, very hard for the ears Celts spoke to me in language which of me, Omai. And the light flame glan- is not a language but in the Highcing in the dark, and the noise, I, lands, because I was a tartan MacOmai, cannot describe ; but I have gregor,--that was my name. seen it, that is what I know. And And I, Omai, was no more the same I, Omai, did not go home till all the Omai that I was before, and knew not fires and lights were put out, and then myself even in a mirror glass. I also it was dark, and there was no more skipped for joy of the dress, which is illumination, for all the people went better than breeches; and thought how to sleep.
great I should look in Otaheite, in a
dress like no other dress. And I went DAY THIRD.
with Captain Smith who was a Celt
when he was young, before he was The Levee.
a sailing Captain, in a coach like the
other Erees, though it was only half a And all that the King does is print- coach, called chaise, the Captain's broed in a book of newspaper called Ga- ther being there, because he came from zette ; and it is named so because the Argyle island. And I, Omai, went to great Erees write in it what the King the Palace of the Great King, like one speaks. And it was printed in this of his own clan chiefs ; and I mixed book that all the people wbo wanted with the other Erees with the little to speak to the King were to go next cock-hats, and the ministers with day to his palace; and it is called gowns, and the soldier men with red Holyrood, because that is its name. coats ; and some did, and some did But I, Omai, was afraid to go, lest I not, know me to be Omai, And the should not be able to speak before the green captain of the Highland Celts, he shook me by the hand, because he coaches; and such a number were saw through the little glasses before there, that I, Omai, could scarcely find his eyes that I was myself, though in the coach, which I as a chief rode in, this dress.
though it was all painted of yellow, And all the people's names are writ- with windows in the front behind the ten with a pen on square pieces of pa- governor of the coach, and had the per, and these are given to the King's name of John Wells, a great man, who great Erees, for the King to look at; keeps coaches for the chiefs, printed and on the card of me, Omai, was in letters upon it. But the grandest written, Mx OMAI OF OTAHEITE. So of all the coach-houses, that was the I went before the King; and I did not great Eree's, whose name is Thane, know at first it was the King, for he and there was nothing like it ; for was not the King for this day, but Highland Celts were in place of flunky only a Highlander, that was his dress. men, and they run by the wheels of And the Good King looked kindly up- the coach to turn them round that on me, Omai, and bowed, and was they should not stop. And these moungoing to speak to me as I fell down tain men run as fast as a coach, and are upon my knee before him, for he knew not tired, for it is their nature. But me not for a stranger, but thought me this men of Otaheite could not undera great Highland Eree, because I walk- stand, though I, Omai, should write a ed so stately. And as he was prepa- month, and till my whole white book ring to speak, a fat chief or lord touch
of paper. ed me, Omai, upon the shoulder, to And when the levee was over, that go away ; so I went, for it was im- is when the King bad seen all the peopossible for the King to speak to so ple, his coach carriage came and took many Erees as were there; and, there- him away; for it is not the custom for fore, I, Omai, the stranger, could not the King of the English Britons to eat expect it. But the great Thane he in the same palace in which he sees spoke, and said, “How do you do, Ota- the Erees. And men on white horses, heite?
you are a very excellent fellow;" with ship-buckets covered with hair and this was true. And I, Omai, was upon their heads, and beards below not confounded before this Great King, their noses on their lips, rode before whose name is George Fourth, because and after the King's coach with four I was his friend, and he is the friend horses. These men are called Grey of the people of the country of Omai. Scots, on account of their terrible looks, And I shall call my son Omai George and each of them is a warrior of reFourth, out of love to the King of this nown in the wars of the King. And great island, when I sail back to Ota- they carry drawn swords and boxes for heite.
pistols on the horses' necks, and a great This meeting of Erees before the deal of leather bridles to keep them on King, is called in English a levee, which the horses, and lead home their primeans a visit only, because they eat no soners, with a chain of gold under meat ; neither is there bread, nor tea, their chin. No such men are in all nor English porter wine presented to the the world besides as these Grey Scots, people. It is only that the King may who guard the King of the island of see his Erees, and know them. And Edinburgh. both Omai and the King were in the And people from all the world came same Highland dress for the first time. here to see the King. Even the LapThis was curious, and cannot be ac- landers were here; and I, Omai, saw counted for.
them and their deer, which are horAnd the coach-houses for travel- ses, only they have horas, and are raling, no man could tell the number of ther like cows or goats. They came them, nor of the horses, nor of the from the very end of the world, where flunky men, that were at the levee in the snow and ice grows, and where the park of the King,—and though the ground is always white. They these men have fine clothes, and look are little also, and live in a hut in a well, the King does not go out to see great house near the Calton Monuthem, but they hold a levee by them- ment; and I, Omai
, could kill a hunselves on the outside with the horses, dred of them if they were my enemies, while the Erees are in the inside of the they are so little. palace. And they ride in rows of
stool all gold, which is a throne, because the King sits upon it. This is a
thing that I, Omai, cannot account for. Sunday,
After this there was no more King for a day, because it was Sunday, and
The Drawing-Room. the King was not seen, for the priests, that is, the ministers who preach, The next day, which was Tuesday, would not let him come out, because the King gave a printed order, that all nobody would have gone to church, the ladies of the island might come, but all would have gone to the King. that he might see if they made good So the King staid at home, that the wives and mothers to his people. And people might go to church ; and I, all the wives of the great Èrees are Omai, after the Amen in the church, called Duchesses and Countesses—what went home, and wrote down all that I that is, I, (mai, cannot tell ; but it is had seen, that my memory might not not the same as Ladies, neither is it forget any thing of all the wonderful Misses, and no lady is a miss, nor a things that I, Omai, have witnessed miss a countess. This is not to be unin this great island.
derstood by strangers; but they are all women, that is, they are not men, for no man nor chief can be a duchess
or a countess, and their dress is differThe Addresses.
ent. And no women who carry fish
on their backs are allowed to go near On the next day, which is called the King, nor the wives or daughters Monday, because it comes after Sun- of the great men who work for money, day, the King came again to his palace. but only the wives and daughters of And all the ministers of the churches the Erees and chiefs. And this is callon that day went to the King, to tell ed a Drawing-room, because the beauhim how the people behaved in church, ty of the ladies of this country draws and if they were all good. And the all the men after them; and it is not ministers had nothing to say against to be resisted, because they are beauthe people, at which the good King tiful and white as angels. And I, was pleased ; and when the King is Omai, love them; and because I could pleased, my Captain says, he gives his not go to the King to see them, Caphand to kiss. And so to please the tain Smith took me to the Street people, and to let them know that the of Waterloo, that is, on the Calton King was satisfied with their going to Mountain, where all the coaches were church, it was printed in a newspaper in a row, waiting till the King called book that the ministers kissed hands; them. for no person must kiss the King's And I, Omai, stood close beside mouth but only ladies, because their the coaches; and the sight was decheeks are soft, and they have no lightful, and no man could tire of it, beards. And after the ministers, then for they had feathers in their heads, the learned men who teach the youth, and their beautiful white necks were they were commanded to appear; and naked, and they were glittering with the King found that they were very gold and silver and shining stones, wise and good men, their name being and looked so happy. And I, Omai, Universities, because they teach every never saw so much beauty, only the thing. And they read papers before old ones were not pretty for all their the King, calling him kind names ; feathers; and if I had not a wife in and the King said to them that he my own country, and a house at Maknew they were faithful teachers, for tavia, I could not choice in a year, that all the people were learned and there were so many so like one anwise. And so they likewise kissed other, so young and pretty. And all hands, and came away. I, Omai, was were in coaches, and some had Erees not at the King's palace on this day, beside them to lead them before the because I did not go, and the King did King; and as they passed, I, Omai, not send for me, Omai, though on this kissed my hand to them after the faday, as the Captain read it in a print- shion of the country, though I had raed paper, the King sat on a great high ther kissed their pretty little hands. VOL. XII.
And they smiled a sweet smile upon King's ships that he sails in. And we me, Omai, because they saw I was no began our voyage from the stone place common man, but the son of a chief, for ships, called in English the pier, and an Eree in my own country; and because it runs out into the sea ; and some of them nodded their heads, and many people and ladies also went, for looked happy that I, Omai, noticed the King's ship is like no other ship, them.
because it is a yacht-ship. And its And when the King saw the ladies, name is the Royal George, for all ships he was glad, and kissed them, for who in this country have names of men could help it, and bid them go home and women, that the captains of the and be good; and they promised this sea may each of them know their own to the King, and went away. How ship; only it is thus, that though the many ladies were there, how many ship bear a man's name, it is only carriages and flunkymen, and how spoken of as if it were a woman; and many Erees, those who teach to count the Royal George, though a man and great numbers can only tell. If I, a king, is only she, that is, a lady, and Omai, am asked, I do not know. And the ship Lord Nelson and the ship the King, good man, though he loves Owen Glendower, though war-ships of the ladies, kept none of them to bim- many cannons, are never talked of but self, for it is not the custom of this as old women. I, Omai, cannot un. country, and he likes to make all his derstand this ; but this people is people happy. But I, Omai, felt un- knowing and wise, and do nothing happy at heart, because I was not a without reason, therefore it must be great Eree of the island of Edinburgh, right. that I might sit in the coach-machines
And the King's yacht-ships are very with such beautiful creatures. And grand ships, with large rooms like a I, Omai, went home, and not being house, and quite different from Capable to forget their beauty, for all the tain Smith's ship. And the seats and meat and wine that I got in the Cap- the tables, and the painting, and the tain's lodging, I went to my bed-ham- beds, are so fine, that I, Omai, was mock of feathers, like a little house, afraid to walk or sit. And the officer and dreamt of the white and red lieutenants, who are the chiefs of the beauties of the island of Edinburgh. ship, they are great men, and skilled Next morning I, Omai, took out my in fighting in the wars. And one of book of paper that was got from the them was Captain Smith's friend; and bookman, and before I eat my roll of he gave me, Omai, what is called in breakfast and tea soup, I, Omai, wrote this country a lunch, which is an afterdown a metre poein, like the book of noon dinner in the forenoon, and a the Babes in the Wood, which is a glass of the black wine of port and printed book, but shorter.
brandy to drink the King's health, for
he liked every body to drink' his O ladies fair of Edin's isle,
health. Take pity on Omai;
And after this the boat sailed with He'd rather live and see you smile,
paddles to a war-ship wbich was ful] Than sleep in cold Morai.
of cannons. And it was a great ship, Omai's wife is over seas
with many sailors and cannons; and At distant Matavai;
it was as strong as a castle. And there But one of you would as well please, are no ships like the ships of this peoWhen far from home, Omai. ple of the island of Britain or Edin
burgh for their cannons, and they are made for killing the French and Spa
niards, who are bad men, because they The Royal Yacht.
live under a different king, and have
no liberty, being only slaves. And flags This day the King was seen by no- were flyivg on the ships because they body, only the Erees at his Dalkeith are the King's ships; and their goPalace, for he was tired with the la
a great Eree, whose name is dies, and wished to rest. And I, Admiral, because be understands eveOmai, therefore, went down to the ry thing about ships. And the sea sea-town of Leith, with Captain Smith, here is not broad, for it is not far to go out to the sea in a canoe-boat, to the island of Fife, which I, Omai, that I, Omai, might see the great saw on the other side, and steam ships