Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Carols, Irish

Oíche Nollag 

 

Oíche Nollag (Christmas Eve) is a traditional Irish Christmas Carol and it brings out the best of the beautiful, mystic Irish language. This song is going to sink deep into your soul if you decide to listen to it. 

Le coinnle na n-aingeal tá an spéir amuigh breactha,
Tá fiacail an tseaca sa ghaoith ón gcnoc;
Adaigh an tine is téir chun na leapa:
Luífidh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.

Fágaidh an doras ar leathadh ina coinne,
An Mhaighdean a thiocfaidh is a Naí ar a hucht;
Deonaigh do shuaimhneas a ligean, a Mhuire,
Luíodh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.

Bhí soilse ar lasadh i dteach sin na haíochta,
Cóiriú gan chaoile, bia agus deoch,
Do cheannaithe olla, do cheannaithe síoda,
Ach luífidh Mac Dé ins an teach seo anocht.





Translation:

The candles of the angels sprinkle in the sky outside,
The teeth of the frost come with the wind from the hill;
Let ye all rake up the fire now and get into bed:
And God's Son will go to sleep in this house tonight.

And let ye leave the door wide open for her too,
The Virgin who is coming with her Baby on her breast;
Come on in, sure, and have a rest for yourself now, Mary,
And let God's Son go to sleep in this house tonight.

The lamps were all lighting up in that hospitable inn,
Without stint was the food, without stint was the drink,
For the traders in wool, for the traders in silk,
But isn't God's Son going to go to sleep in this house tonight...

8 comments:

  1. Very nice Han, thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's a magical song, Leigh. Thank you for stopping by.

      Smile,
      Han

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  2. Think this is my favorite so far, Han! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. It's my favourite as well, Cat. I love the melancholy of the Irish language and the Irish music is something I can hear all day without getting tired of it.

      Truly beautiful, isn't it?
      Ah, to be able to sing it like that.
      She must be angel....

      Smile,
      Han

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  3. Lovely.....having a tough time choosing a favorite...
    hugs abby

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    1. Give it a few days, Abby. I'm sure I can come up with some others...

      Smile,
      Han

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  4. Beautiful , really beautiful .
    Thank you, Han.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Haunting, that is what it is, Mona Lisa, the song is bereft of ornamentations and unnecessary decorations. It's pure and from the heart.

      Smile,
      Han

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