Carmina Gadelica

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Alexander Carmichael
Floris Books, 1992 - Charms - 684 pages
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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. Previously only available as a bilingual text in six volumes, this one-volume edition in English only is an important contribution to the wider awareness of Celtic literature. John MacInnes' introduction puts the poems in the context of the life and folklore of the Gaelic community.

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Review: Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic

User Review  - Erin Thomas - Goodreads

This book is nearly impossible to read from beginning to end. A collection of prayers, chants, and hymns written down from the oral Scottish Gaelic, I have found this volume to be of fare more value to eat, chew & digest piece-meal, meditate upon slowly, and enjoy each verse for its own sake. Read full review

Review: Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations from the Gaelic

User Review  - Dana McCallum - Goodreads

Not so much for reading as for mining. This is a collection of Scottish Gaelic hymns, prayers, and incantations, translated into English. Translation of poetry necessarily destroys some of what makes ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

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. Two volumes of the collection appeared before his death in 1912. The remaining volumes appeared later, edited by his daughter and grandson.

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