A Blessing on Ellan Vannin …

A Blessing on Ellan Vannin …

A Blessing on Ellan Vannin from a Scottish Gael


Ellan Vannin, bannaght ort –
Er dagh ooilley thie as cooyrt,
Er dagh ooilley fer as ben,
Er dagh ooilley bab as clean,
Er dagh ooilley beisht as eean,
Er dagh ooilley cronk as glion,
Er dagh ooilley keyll as coan,
Er dagh ooilley magher as moain,
Er dagh ooilley purt as baie,
Oor yei oor as laa lurg laa:
Moghrey mogh as oie anmagh,
Dy bannee Íosa shiu dy bragh.

by John Williamson

 

Translation by As Manx as the Hills

Ellan Vannin, a blessing on you –
On every house and yard,
On every man and woman,
On every babe and cradle,
On every beast and bird,
On every hill and glen,
On every forest and valley,
On every field and turf,
On every harbour and bay,
Hour after hour day after day,
Early morning and late night,
May Jesus bless you for ever.

 


Footnote: My translation may be incorrect in the odd place so appreciate anyone correcting it. Also, as the poem was written in Manx Gaelic I had difficulty with the word “Íosa” which was shown as IOSA. Through a search I found that Íosa is Scots Gaelic for Jesus whereas in Manx it is Yeesey.

(source: poem found on Flickr http://bit.ly/1b9odfy; photo courtesy of Peter Killey at Manxscenes Photography)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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  1. Drew
    Drew 28 February, 2019, 12:13

    Hello there – we were thinking of putting this poem to music . Just wondered if you had any more information about it and is there an onlinyreading of it we can listen to to get the right pronunciation
    Thanks
    Drew

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