An inspiring selection of Celtic lyric poems and prayers on the theme of nature, from the Carmina Gadelica. Each poem is presented in both Gaelic and English. The beautiful full-colour illustrations and illuminations make this an ideal gift book. Carmina Gadelica The Carmina Gadelica is the most comprehensive collection of poems and prayers from the Gaelic tradition of oral poetry. Gathered by Alexander Carmichael, in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 'from Arran to Caithness, from Perth to St. Kilda', the poems had been handed down through the generations in a living oral tradition. This tradition and the way of life which sustained it have now disappeared but these poems and prayers live on to remind us of the faith of the unknown poets who composed them.
Table of Contents
Introduction Eosai, bu choir a mholadh / Jesus, who ought to be praised Lusan, beathaichean agus eoin / Plants, animals and birds Leigheas agus seuntan / Healing and charms Manaidh / Omens Grian agus gealach / Sun and moon Sidhaichean / Fairies Spioradan nadur / Nature spirits Glossary Notes to the Poems Clar-ama / Index
Alexander Carmichael was born in 1832 on the island of Lismore. His work as a civil servant took him all over the Scottish Highlands and the Hebrides. During his travels he recorded these poems and prayers. Vivienne Cardwell is freelance illustrator living in Germany.