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 Post subject: Mo ghille mear
PostPosted: Tue 25 Sep 2012 6:46 am 
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I posted this song about about Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Irish thread, so I thought it might be good to put it here in the Scottish Gaelic thread as well. As I mentioned there, there are various versions of it in each of the two languages. In this example, "joyous lad" is used for gille mear.

Sèist:

Se mo laoch mo Ghille mear
‘Se mo Sheusar Gille mear
Fois na sìth chan fhaigh mi fhèin
On dh’imich e bhuam mo Ghille mear

Bha mi uair nam mhaighdinn shèimh
‘S tha mi nis’ nam bhantraich chlaoidht’
Mo chèile treabhadh nan tonn gu treum
Air bhàrr nan stuadh is fad’ o thìr

Tha mi ‘n seo gach latha fo sgleò
Goirt a’ caoidh ‘s a’ sileadh dheur
Am buachaill’ òg air imich uam
Gun sgeul air fhèin ‘s e fàth mo bhròin

Ach cluinneam ceòl na clàrsach ‘s dàn
‘S faiceam iomadh cuach bhith làn
Làn toileachais gun luchd ‘s gun dheòir
Gus slàinte òl dham leòmhann choir


Chorus:

He’s my hero, my joyous lad
He’s my Caesar, joyous lad
I will get neither rest nor peace
Since my joyous lad left me

I was once a quiet maid
Now I am a fatigued, old widow
My spouse mightily plowing the waves
On the crests of the waves and far from land

I am here each day depressed
Lamenting and shedding tears
The young man has left me
With no news of him, I am sad

But let me hear harp music and songs
Let me see each cup filled
Full of mirth without hurt or tears
To drink the health of my fine lion

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