Manx language archives - wax cylinder recordings - Recitation of the Qualtagh Song in Manx by W. Quayle

Uploaded on 1 Feb 2017

This recording was made on an Edison Phonograph machine purchased by Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh for the purpose of recording speakers of the Manx language. This is one of six recordings that came to The Manx Museum from Douglas Library in 1955. The recordings were digitised with the help of The British Library in 2016. The sound quality is typical of a wax cylinder recording of this age, it is best listened to on good quality speakers or headphones.

Qualtagh Song:
Ollick ghennal erriu, as blein feer vie; 
Seihll as slaynt da'n slane lught thie; 
Bea as gennallys eu bioyr ry-cheilley, 
Shee as graih eddyr mraane as deiney; 
Cooid as couyr, sthock as stoyr,
Palchey puddase as skeddan dy liooar;
Arran as caashey, eeym as roayrt; 
Baase myr lugh ayns ullin ny soalt, 
Cadley sauchey tra vees shin ny lhie, 
Gyn feeackle y jiargan, cadley dy mie.

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