Charms of the Gaels: Hymns and Incantations
Floris Books, 1992 - Literary Collections - 684 pages
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 GaelicUser 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 GaelicUser Review - Dana - 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