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The Carmina Gadelica, known in Gaelic as Ortha nan Gaidheal, is a six-volume collection of orally-transmitted prayers, poems, blessings and other material, collected by the folklorist Alexander Carmichael in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the second half of the nineteenth century. Carmichael subsequently translated this material, and edited the first two volumes. The death dirge An Tuiream Bais was published in the third volume, edited by Alexander’s grandson, James Carmichael Watson. I have set the first, fourth, fifth and sixth verses in the original Gaelic language.
Commissioned by Baroque Voices with funding from Creative New Zealand
An Tuiream Bais (Death Dirge) from The Carmina Gadelica (Ortha nan Gaidheal), traditional text edited and translated by Alexander Carmichael