The lark's song, 1969

Record number
cm001360
Title

The lark's song

Date
1969
Medium
synthetic polymer paint
Support
2 hardboard panels
Dimensions
each panel: 810 x 1980 mm
overall: 1626 x 1980 mm
Inscriptions

FOR MATIRE KEREAMA ... POET (brushpoint, t.l.); The lark's song. (brushpoint, b.l.); Colin McCahon August-October-'69. (brushpoint, b.c.); Colin McCahon / AUG OCT '69 (brushpoint, b.r.); FOR MATIRE KEREAMA...POET (on reverse)

Credit line
Gift of the artist, 1982
Accession number
1982/7/2
Extended inscriptions

Ka tahi tii ka rua tii. Ka noho mai te patii te patoo re.
Ka rau na. Ka noho te kiwi. Ka poo he wai.
- - - Tai tai to pi to paa. Ka hui a mai - - -
- - - - - - - - - - Ka toko te rangi - - - - - -
Kai ana te whetu. Te marama i te rangi. - - -
I te papa takina. E hui tarere. - - - - - -
Ko te tio e rere. Ra runga ra tope Kapeka.
E hue kaurere turakina te arero o te rangi
Kotare wiwi wawa keke. Te manu i tau noo tuu-e

Ka tahi tii ka rua tii. Ka noho mai te patii te patoo re.
Ka rau na. Ka noho te kiwi. Ka poo he wai.
Tai tai to pi to paa. Ka hui a mai. Ka toko te rangi.
Kai ana te whetu. Te marama i te rangi. I te papa takina. E hui
tarere
ko te tio e rere. Ra runga ra tope kapeka. E hue kaurere
turakina te arero o te rangi. Kotare wiwi wawa keke. Te
manu i tau noo tuu - e - - e -
CAN YOU HEAR ME ST. FRANCIS.

History

1969 Christchurch: The 69 Group Show, CSA Gallery, Christchurch, 15-29 November 1969, cat. no. 75, $1,000.
1972 Auckland: Colin McCahon/a survey exhibition, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, 7 March-21 April 1972, cat. no. 67.
1988 Auckland: Colin McCahon: Gates and Journeys, Auckland City Art Gallery, 11 November 1988-26 February 1989, cat. no. N5.
2002 Amsterdam: Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith, Stedelijk Museum, 30 August-10 November 2002.

Notes

The main text is from chapter 21 of Matire Kereama's The Tail of the Fish: Maori Memories of the Far North (Oswald-Sealy, Auckland, 1968), while the last line is from Peter Hooper's poem of the same name.