Ortha nan Gaidheal
THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
- Behold the Virgin approaching
- Christ so young on her breast.
- O Mary Virgin! and O Holy Son!
- Bless ye the house and all therein.
- Bless ye the food, bless ye the board,
- Bless ye the corn, the flock and the store.
- What time to us the quarter was scarce,
- It is thou thyself, Virgin, who wast mother to us.
- Thou art brighter than the waxing moon
- Rising over the mountains.
- Thou art brighter than the summer sun,
- Under his fullness of joy.
- Since the bard must not tarry,
- Place ye alms in the bag with a blessing.
- Servant am I of God the Son on the threshold,
- For the sake of God, arise thyself and open to me.
Niall MacFhionnlaigh, A' Chiste Ghàidhlig, a chuir na teacsaichean seo gu léir bho Carmina Gadelica air an làrach-lìn aig Sabhal Mór Ostaig ann an 1995