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Talla Sgàthanan Oisein

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:40 pm
by Thrissel
In Ossian's Hall of Mirrors is the following quatrain and I can't exactly say I understand it all:
Faic ann a d' àrainn an sgeul
air chùl sgàile na sgeòil -
cluinn briathrachd na h-aibhne cabraich
's i 'g aithris a beuc de sgeòil
I came up with
See there the habitat of the story
at the back of the story's shadow (reflection?)
hear the verbosity of the antlering (=branching?) river
as she relates her bellowing story
The first two lines in particular make hardly any sense to me, and the a d' in the first is a complete mystery. Anybody got an explanation, or, more probably, correction?

Re: Talla Sgàthanan Oisein

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:35 am
by poor_mouse
Maybe "See the story in your habitat behind the story's shadow"?

Re: Talla Sgàthanan Oisein

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:50 pm
by Thrissel
Mòran taing, a Luchaig - yes, like that it would make sense. I knew I needed somebody more poetic than me to have a look at it! :)