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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.


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


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

I'm not a native (or entirely fluent) speaker, so be sure to wait for confirmations/corrections, especially for tattoos.

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