LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, eC.
of poetry or literature, and yet they are the only description of composition which can justly be considered national or original among the Malays. It is in the light only of amusing trifles that, the Malays themselyes, indeed, consider them ; and they are scarcely of higher dignity in their estimation than the nonsensical rhymes which we call crambo ^re in our own. A few of the best are committed to memory, and we often hear them repeated. The following are favourable specimens :
Marat anggok-anggok Marat de-atas tota Bargrak ujung Sanggul Naik sri muka.
The peacock nods his head ;
The peacock that sits on the castle,
When the loose end of her braided hair trembles,
New beauties rise in her countenance,
Trang bu^n arm tamaram Hantu barjalan lakki bini. Jangan tuan tararam aram Saya tiada datang ka-gini.
By the dim light of the moon, Wander spectres of both sexes. Chide me not again, my love, For I will not eome hither.
Jika tiada karna bulan Musakn bintang timur tinggi. Jika tiada karana tuan Masakan abang datang kamari.Jika tiada karna bulan MusakA n bintang timur tinggi. Jika tiada karana tuan Masakan abang datang kamari.