A’Ghrian – song to the Sun from the Isle of Barra discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun
from the Isle of Barra
discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

 

Hebrides sunset on isle of barra

Hebrides sunset on Isle of Barra

From John MacNeill, cottar, Buaile nam Bodach, Barra

Song to the Sun

Hail to thee,
thou sun of the seasons
as thou traversest
the skies aloft.

Thy steps are strong on
the wing of the heavens,
thou art the glorious
mother of the stars.

Thou liest down in
the destructive ocean
without impairment or fear.

Thou risest up on
the peaceful wave-crest
like a queenly maiden
in bloom.

Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.

“A Ghrian”
(To the Sun)
from the Isle of Barra

A’ GHRIAN [317]

O Iain Mac Nill, coitear, Buaile nam Bodach, Barraidh

ÀILTE ort fein, a ghrian nan tràth,
‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur ;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgeith nan ard,
‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sios an cuan na dith

Gun diobhail is gun sgàth ;
Thu ‘g eirigh suas air stuagh na sith,

Mar rioghainn òg fo bhlàth.

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3 thoughts on “A’Ghrian – song to the Sun from the Isle of Barra discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

  1. Please note that this was not discovered by a contemporary woman, but published in the Carmina Gadelica collection of Gaelic tradition by Scot Alexander Carmichael in 1900. Further, this is an amalgamation of two prayers noted therein, with the latter stanza being a separate prayer. The former stanzas are also recorded in Gaelic in the Carmina Gadelica, Vol III, I believe.

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    1. Erin Lund Johnson
      3 days http://nigheananbrighde.wordpress.com/
      Please note that this was not discovered by a contemporary woman, but published in the Carmina Gadelica collection of Gaelic tradition by Scot Alexander Carmichael in 1900. Further, this is an amalgamation of two prayers noted therein, with the latter stanza being a separate prayer. The former stanzas are also recorded in Gaelic in the Carmina Gadelica, Vol III, I believe.

      Thank you Erin Lund Johnson of http://nigheananbrighde.wordpress.com/
      for clarifying that:
      1. ArchMatrona Georgia only discovered an internet posting.
      2. Two prayers have been amalgamated. I have now separated them. The second prayer for sunset is now to be found at this link https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/prayers-to-the-sun-by-a-man-in-arisaig-west-coast-scotland/

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