(Version in Hokkien)
Ho Ang Bo Eng Chuay
Siang Ka Thni Po Puay
Ho Bor Bo Eng Tu
Siang Ka Thni Sian Hu
Ho Knia Bo Eng Chi
Tu Huay Thni Por Pi
Ho Lang Bo Eng Cho
Tu Huay Kee Siew To
(Version in English)
A good husband is hard to find
Like precious gems they fall from the sky
A good wife is hard to meet
Like a fairy they too fall from the sky
A good child is difficult to raise
Unless we receive God’s grace
It is not easy to be a good person
Unless we uphold righteousness..
About this rhyme/saying:~
This rhyme/saying speaks about the importance of righteousness.
The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..