MUSIC, SONGS, FEASTS
The Gabang Fruit.1
Take now your chopper, O Mamat Solong,
Take it to lop off the fruit of the Gabang,
The Gabang fruit that is scattered earthward.
First lop ye off the bending twig-ends,
And lop off next the midmost branches,
And after lopping glide down earthwards.
See, we are gathering the fruit of the Gabang,
Bring me your baskets, and bring me your wallets, And bear ye home the fruit of yon Gabang.
Then go and call our folk together,
And give to each an equal portion.
When you have eaten the fruit of yon Gabang,
Rise to your feet, O Mamat Solong,
And drink and make merry within the Balei,
As was the custom of your grandfathers.
The little ones sport within the Balei,
And all the men-folk are fain to watch them,
And all the women are fain to watch them.
Come hither then with unbound tresses,
And take your combs and smooth your tresses,
And make your tresses as fine as possible To catch the eyes of all the men-folk ;
Then take ye rice and take the rice-pot,
And cook the rice for all the people,
Take too a pan to make you cooked meats,
That is the work that falls to women.
Eat ye last the rice that is left for you,
Eat it, nor be oaer-slow in eating,
And when you are filled, lie down and slumber.
The Solitary Bertam-Palm.2
The Single Bertam at Langkap Berjuntei,
The Single Bertam on the Upper Langata
aTis the Bertam whose fruits bend over outwards !
We have gathered them and brought them homewrards, We have split them and given to each his portion.
Be there Bertam fruit both now and always,
From the Single Bertam upon the Hill-tops,
That is the token of fruit thatas plenteous,
That is the sign of a year of plenty.
Come ye, my little ones, make you merry,
Make each of you merry within the Balei,
And wrhen you have eaten and gorged your belly,
Rise to your feet, O Mamat Alang,
Drink and make merry within the Balei,
The Balei thatas broad, the long-floored Balei.
And call our folk to dance and make merry,
And call our folk to drink and make merry,
That is a year w'hen fruits are plenteous.
1 A kind of wild arambutan.a
2 aBertam,a Eugeissona tristis, Griff. (Palma).2 a Bertam,a Eugeissona tristis, Griff. (Palma).