Sonnet composed in honor and loving memory of the late King of Tonga, George V

THE SUN SETS IN TONGA

O my dear, schizophrenic are the words,

For which brave soul would dare the abyss?

Announcing to Tonga, the Sun sets;

Winging home in eternal slumber a kiss.

Northern fair-winds now speak easy,

Southern breeze what would you say?

Tonga is the poorer and nothing to say,

Notwithstanding its chiefly kakala do stay.

Calling on Sia-ko-Veiongo[1] and Fonuamotu[2],

Hangaitokelau[3] and Toa ko Ma’afu[4],

Heilala Tatakamotonga[5] echo of my prayer;

King George Tupou V ascends the sacred heaven,

Dulcis amor patriae requiescat in pace[6]

Bless O Lord the Queen Mother and Tonga.

The sonnet, The Sun Sets in Tonga, is the Tongan translation of sonata, To e La’a ‘i Tonga, composed in honor and loving memory of the late King of Tonga, George V.

Copyright: Lent, 2012, Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka, PhD.


[1] The Mound, Veiongo, adjacent to the Royal Palace on western side, burial mound of high chiefly lady, Veiongo,

[2] The estate of the Tu’I Tonga on the western waterfront of the traditional home of the Tu’I Tonga at Lapaha, Ttp.

[3] The Toa Tree at the northern front yard of the Royal Palace.

[4] The Toa Tree at the meeting ground of the Royal Palace, named after Prince Henry Ma’afu who fought and captured the Lau Group in Fiji in 1820’s. He and his warriors built their stronghold in the Lau Groups.

[5] The Heilala Tree at the gateway to the Royal Residence of Uoleva at Tatakamotonga, the ancestral home of Tungi Mailefihi, the great grandfather of both Tupou V, and Tupou VI, the King of Tonga.

[6] From Latin, My dear Beloved Tonga, rest in God’s peace.

       TO E LA’A ‘I TONGA

‘ISE’ISA E KUO TEKIVALEA ‘A E SILAPA

HE KOHAI KOAA IA HA TO’A TE NE LAVA

KE HU’EKINA  ‘A E TOKAKI ‘A E LA’A NA

LIUAKI TOFA HE NGALU’EA E VAHANOA

KI HE TOKELAU HAKONOA PE ‘I KE LEA

‘E TONGA HAHAKE ‘ENA FAI HA’O ME’A

HE KUO SILONGO ‘A TONGA MASIVA LEA

SI’I KEI MANONGI ‘A E KAKALA HINGOA

SIA KO VEIONGO KAO MO FONUAMOTU

HANGAITOKELAU MO E TOA KO MA’AFU

HEILALA TATAKAMOTONGA SI‘ETE ‘ANAU

SIAOSI TUPOU V HA’ELEA E LANGI TOPUTAPU

DULCIS AMOR PATRIAE REQUIESCAT IN PACE*

‘EIKI TAPUAKI SI’I KUINI FEHUHU MO E KAHA’U.

*Mate’ofa hoto Tonga, tofa a he nonga ‘a e ‘Otua.

Tengihia ‘o e hala ‘a ‘Ene ‘Afio, Siaosi Tupou V ‘o Tonga,

Sapate 18 Ma’asi 2012. ‘Eiki, ‘alo’ofa ma’a Tonga.

           Copyright: Lent, 2012, Tevita Tonga Mohenoa Puloka, PhD.