Friday, 20 February 2015

An pel arhans ma

Image result for hurling silver ball st columb
Hurlya en jedh hedhyw.

This verse by Thomas Boson, written in 1705 is an inscription for a silver hurling ball given to his cousin William Gwavas. 

The original text is followed by a version in the SWF/L and English. Hurling is still played with a hard, silver ball at St. Columb, as seen in the photograph but in the 1700s it was so popular that they could say "Hurlya ew gan gwary nei." - Hurling is our sport.

 
An pelle Arrance ma ve resse, gen mere Hurleyey, Creve ha brosse
Do Wella Gwavas an Deane gentle (dhe is often da or do in LC.)
an kensa journa a messe Heddra an Centle (No mutation after a.)
en Plew Pawle, in Cernow Teage (t>d mutation not observed here.)
an Blooth Creste an Arleuth whege
Meele Sith Cans ha hanter Deege

SWF/L
An pel arhans ma veu res, This silver ball was given
gen meur hurlejey, crev ha broas, by many hurlers, strong and great, 
Dhe Wella Gwavas an den jentel, to William Gwavas the gentleman,
an kensa jorna a mis Hedra an kentel the first day of October (at) the gathering
en Pluw Pawl, en Kernow teg, in Paul Parish in fair Cornwall,
an bloodh Crist an Arlòth wheg, in the year of Christ the sweet Lord,
Mil seyth cans ha hanter deg. One thousand, seven hundred and half ten.

Notes: 1. The words <ma> 'this' and <na> 'that' may be attached to the preceding noun if preferred. 2. The SWF spelling <arlodh> is used here with an accent. 3. <kentel> is a variation of <cuntel>.
 

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