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james d (209.86.131.167 - 209.86.131.167)
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 04:08 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi all,
Even though I'm only five chapters into my Irish book, my curiosity got the best of me and I tried to translate some of the lyrics from the sean nos "Keening of the Three Marys." I got some of it myself, and I was hoping you all may be able to fill in some phrases for me.

The first line starts: "A Pheadair, A Aspail.." I know who Pheadair is, what about Aspail?
In the phrase "Gabhaigí ‘leith, a dhá Mhuire, go gcaoine sibh mo Ghrá liom" what is "Gabhaigí ‘leith" and why are there only two Marys? Where's the third?
This line is totally beyond me: "Céard tá le caoineadh ‘gainn muna gcaoinimid a chnámha."
In the line "Nó ‘n é sin an Maicín a rugadh sa stábla?" what does "rugadh" mean?
And finally, I just couldn't make much sense of the last two lines: "S an é sin an casúr a bhuail Tríot na tairní" and "Nó ‘n í sin an tsleá a chuaigh trí Do lár geal."
Thanks alot for your help.
James

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 04:21 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Aspal -> Apostle
O Peter, O Apostle

Gabhaigí 'leith -> come over here

There are only two Marys being called over, becuase it is the third (Our Lady) who is speaking.

"Céard tá le caoineadh ‘gainn muna gcaoinimid a chnámha"

What can we mourn, if we do not mourn his bones

"Nó ‘n é sin an Maicín a rugadh sa stábla"

Is that the little Son who was born (rugadh) in the stable?

"S an é sin an casúr a bhuail Tríot na tairní"
And is that the hammer that drove the nails through You?

"Nó ‘n í sin an tsleá a chuaigh trí Do lár geal?"
Or is that the spear which went through your bright (i.e. beautiful) side?

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 09:47 am:   Edit Post Print Post

For who the three Marys are, refer to John 19:24-26.

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