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PRAYERS & BLESSINGS FROM THE GAELIC

"No one can say when, or by whom, the Gaelic originals of these prayers were composed; they were handed down by oral tradition to the men and women from whom I gathered them, on journeys throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from Arran to Caithness, from Perth to St. Kilda.

"Those who made and used these verses felt the presence of God and His messengers in all the concerns of their lives - in their human relationships, in birth and death, in waking and sleeping, in their work at home and in the fields and on the sea, and in the wonders of sun, moon, and stars. They can bring to modern readers a fresh sense of what really matters in life."  - A. Carmichael

The Sun Also Dances was originally published as part of five noble volumes of Gaelic poetry, collected and translated by Dr. Alexander Carmichael under the title, "Carmina Gadelica." This magnificent work was treasured by those who knew it. The Sun Also Dances offers a selection of some of the most beautiful and characteristic of those, in their English form.

Read selections from The Sun Also Dances:

EASTER SUNDAY

BELTANE BLESSING

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT



The Carmina Gadelica online
Discover the entire five volumes of the Carmina Gadelica (Ortha Nan Gaidheal) published online in both Gaelic and English, as well as biographical reading on the life of Scottish folklorist, Alexander Carmichael.

 


 
       
 


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