TEXT OF BESISI SONGS
Kaa an barang ka-rumah kitaa ,
And carry our goods to house of ours,
Jon barang muntet mulih.
And give of the goods a-little to everyone.
Pulai.1 The Cork-tree.
Pulai2 alai kik-kik-kik.
The Pulai waves (?) * creak-creak-creak 5 (?).
Pangkal sengit tiup 3 angin.
Ils base rocks zvith-the-blowing wind.
Rendang rampak berjurei4
Spreading and thick-leaved and dangling
Daun pulai akar pulai.
Are the leaves of the Pulai, the roots of the Pulai (?).
Jangkar rentang jangkar purus,6 Roots that penetrate, roots on-the-surface,
Jangkar purus naga mengunjam.
Its roots on-the-surface that are like Dragons contending.
Bukua pulai susu dara\6
The buds of the pulai are like the nipples of a virgin.
Daun pulai getah susu.
The leaves of the pulai have sap like milk.
Batang pulai putih panau.7
The stem of the Pulai is gray and mottled.
Lembong 8 simpulan lembong pulai.
Like the peak of a head-cloth are the shoots of the Pulai.
Sanggul (di) hujong9 lembong pulai.
Like scroll-work finial are the shoots of the Pulai.
Tingi chakih10 pokoa pulai.
High are the buttresses of the tree Pulai.
Bedok bungaa tabor a lukut.
Falls its blossom like scattered rice-ends.
Bedok bungaa hujan rinyei.11
^___ _Falls its blossom like rain drizzling.
2 Alstonia sc ho laris, Ridley. dragons,a and which form the Mai. sub-
% = Bes. a tingkur.a stitute for cork, being used largely for
^ t=Bes. a kaa eh bua*. a fishing-floats. tc Berjurei,a perhaps from its long 6 a Susu daraa a = Bes. a tuh mah
ulous fruit, or from its aerial roots nyom.a
^reamers. a Sengit a = Bes. a send- 7 a Panau a = Bes. a bechang a ; its
^ a Rampak a = Bes. a jglakah a bark is gray (Ridley.) In Besisi prose
*' a jelakah rhek tengkoa -keh. a this sentence would run a bechang-leh
Prob. = penetrate (the ground) as lantok long tengkoa -ke.a
lQct from its streamers. Cp. Mai. 8 = Mai. a puchok sapu - tan-
^rentangpA lurudia lalang.a a Purusa gan,a i.e. a shoota or a peak.a ^explained as = Mai. a mempulor,a 9 I.e. like a piece of terminal scroll-
^J-rring to the light-wood root-clumps work such as is used in Malay carvings, fyji PrA ject above the surface of the 10 =Mal. a banir.a
Under the tree a like struggling 11 =Bes. a gemar banchi.a