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source: COLONIAL SOCIETY MAGAZINE
Jan 21st 1868
Tune: Guy Fawkes

SITE SOURCE: GOLD, EMIGRATION AND FREE SELECTION


THE MISSIONARIES’ MULL

I’ll sing a doleful tragedy that’s brought about by sinisters
Who glory in the name of war, though of the Gospel ministers;
Who cant about the Maori’s wrongs, and work them up a fury,
Setting all the island in a flame from Wellington to Drury.

Chorus
Oh! Dear, oh!
The missionaries caused the shindy,
Oh! Dear, oh!

In England there’s a mighty band, ‘neath Shaftsbury’s direction –
The ‘society promoting aborigines’ protection,’
They cant and whine and raise loud yells o’er savages’ oppression,
But of the Maori’s bloody deeds ne’er make the least confession.

The ‘man and brother’ didge they work, and bag each contribution,
And on their dusky pets’ behalf cry out for retribution,
Unheeding news of massacres, of Maori raid and slaughter;
Of settler’s homestead in a blaze, of outraged wife and daughter.

Your nests should quickly feathered be, ye reverend impostors,
(‘Head centres’ ev’ry one of you who sly rebellion fosters;)
For should the real facts of the case once reach the British nation,
‘May meetings’ would be wanting funds, and gone your occupation.