CGHÍTHAEUE U THAERÉS ..." SPIRITUAL SONG
Lekė Matrėnga trans. Robert Elsie (from Albanian)
"Cghíthaeue u thaerés cúx dó ndaegliésae,
Tae mírae tae chraextée búra e gráa,
Mbae fiálaet tae tinaezót tae xíchi méxae,
Sé síxtae gneríj néx cciae mcátae scáa,
Elúm cúx e cuitón sé cáa tae vdésae,
E mentae báxcae mbae taenaezónae i cáa,
Sé chríxti ndae parráisit i baen piésae,
E baen paer bijr tae tij e paer vaeláa."
I call you all who wish indulgence
All good Christians, men and women:
Go to mass, the Lord commands it,
For no man is sinless ’mongst us;
Blithe is he who ponders God
And remembers he is mortal,
Christ will welcome him to heaven
With his children and his brethren.

Trans. Copyright © Robert Elsie 1995.


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