Clo Mhic Ille Mhicheil

Jacobite Standard during the 1745 rising.
Lyrics: English Translation:
Oganaich uir a’ chuil teudaich Oh noble youth with long black hair
‘S oil liom eudach a bhith dhith ort I hate it that you are wanting clothing
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Chuir Roinn Eorpa clo am beart dhuit Europe has put cloth in the loom for you
‘S gu tig e as cha bhith sith ann And until it comes out, there will be no peace
Sèist: Chorus:
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
O hugaibh, hug a ri hug O hugaibh, hug a ri hug
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Ach, bith bithidh i fighte, cumte, luaidhte But it will be woven, shaped and waulked
Mus tig buain na Feill Mhicheil Before the harvest of Michaelmas comes
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Gun tig gruagaichean Chlann Raghnaill The maidens of Clanranald will come
Comhlain dhaicheil nach dean diobradh Handsome bands which will not desert you
(Sèist) (Chorus)
Gun tig nionagan o’n Cheapaich Girls will come from Keppoch
A bheir caithris air mun sgithich Who will keep a night-watch on it ‘ere they tire
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Is gheibh sinn sgioba eile a Eirinn And you will get another crew from Ireland
O Iarl’Antram nan steud riomhach From the Earl of Antrim with his handsome horses
(Sèist) (Chorus)
Mar sin is Niallaich thar saile Likewise MacNeils from across the sea
Far shruthain laidir an lionaldh Over the strong currents of the flowing tide
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Na b’ionann seo ‘s an luadhadh dosgach Let this not be like the disastrous waulking
Bha’n Cuil-lodair nuair a phill sinn There was at Culloden, when we retreated
(Sèist) (Chorus)
Cuireamaid ‘na eideadh Tearlach Let us dress Prince Charlie in his equipment
Stracamaid an aird ar dichioll Let us aim at the height of our endeavor
Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil
Dh’fhaodadh e bhith’n drasda umad You could have been wearing the cloth now
‘N a thrusgan urramach rioghail As an honored royal vestment
(Sèist) (Chorus)

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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