If a man walks after nightfall
LET US GO BACK TO JUDAEA [sic] (brushpoint, t.c.); McCahon April '69 (brushpoint, b.r.); The April Paintings 1969 - No.10. Let us go back to Judea (on reverse, not sighted)
If a man walks
after nightfall he
the light fails him
E KORE E MAU I A KOE, HE WAEKAI PAKIAKA.
1969 An Exhibition of Paintings by Colin McCahon
Peter McLeavey Gallery
22/7/1969 - 9/8/1969
1969 New Zealand Society of Painters and Sculptors
Auckland Society of Arts Galleries
12/5/1969 - 25/5/1969
The texts are John 11:10 (with slight modifications), from The New English Bible, and from chapter six of Matire Kereama's The Tail of the Fish: Maori Memories of the Far North (Oswald-Sealy, Auckland, 1968). A translation of this proverb is 'A foot accustomed to running over roots makes the speediest runner.'