TEXT OF BESISI SONGS
Telon klewen di-atas1 rambun.2
The Python coiled in the top of the brushwood.
Telon klewen di-dalam lumbun.3 The Python coiled among the grass.
Telon lep lobang batang.
The Python that enters the hole in the tree-trunk.
Telon lochoyn4 bilang sawaa .
The Python spotted that is called a sawaa . a
Iku telon bage gasing.6
The tail of the Python is like a peg-top.
Lidah telon bawang putih.
The tongue of the Python is like garlic.6
LSmoyn telon duri pandan.
The teeth of the Python are thorns of the screw-pine.7
Telon lemak dalam gobuk.8
The Python that is fat in its cheeks.
Koi telon bage sdndok.
The head of the Python is like a spoon.
Sisek 9 koi bage amas,
The scales of its head are like-unto gold,
Jarea mui ratus ampat puloh.10
And its feet11 are one hundred and forty.
Kret kadui bage niyu.
Its body is big as a coconut -palm.
Tijau tdlon telan ketur,
The Python that swallow* the wild-pig,
Telan ketur higap pandok.12
Swallows wild-pig and captures the mouse-deer.
Telan pandok, higap rusaa .
Swallows the mouse-deer and captures the sambhur-deer.
Telan rusaa , higap aa a\
Swallows the deer, and captures the tiger.
a Bes. a kulong.a
3 A a Ujong kayu.a
4 -Mai. a rumput.a
6 a Lochoyn a = Mai. a rintek.a ij. This seems to be the right mean-tjj* It refers, of course, to the tip of w. pythona s tail, A v.l. is a gaweng,a a was said to mean the tip (of ^ ***) but this is obviously wrong, *s no sense in saying that its Co?; was a like its tip.a I am j^ced a gasinga = a peg-topa is
6 White onions, i.e. garlic, a very apt description. Mai. a bawang a = Bes. a bantut.a
7 Bes. a Hakek habll a ; Mai. "duri a = Bes. a jongreng.a
8 a Lemaka = Bes. a lentoyta ; a gobuk a = Mai. a pipi.a
9 =Bes. a ketong.a
10 The ribs on which it walks, corresponding to the feet of a centipede.
11 le. ribs. Lit. fingers or toes.
12 A Telana = a geloyta (?) or a gA -loyna v.s.