English Translation of 'E te tau, e te tau!'
“Lover mine, lover mine,
I'm separated far from thee.
Alas, my well-beloved
Would that thou'd come for me!
Then searching, slowly paddling,
Thy willing wife thou'd find,
And both would flee together.
Would that I were in thy dear home
Within Whitirere's threshold there above!
I'd greet thee fondly and embrace
Thy lordly form, with chief's tattoo adorned—
O lover mine!”