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chraoibh an t-saoghail (Aonghas MacNeacail)

chraoibh an t-saoghail ‛s
do fhriamhaichean san àirde tuath,
tobar draoidheachd, tobar eòlais,
tobar dàin thu,
nach d‛rinn laoidh de chòmhstri
no rabhd de chleas,
do bhuadhan àraid,
gum b‛fheàrr le nathair teine
seach do thaigh,
gun togar leigheas
leis na h-eòlaichean
‛o d‛ chruth
chraoibh an t-saoghail
mar a phòs thu
cuan is talamh,
aìle ‛s lasair,
mar a rinn thu
cromag, sleagh no ràmh,
‛s có ‛n draoidh a chunnaic thu
mar sgiath, is
mar a sheas thu,
craobh ameasg nan craobh

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World tree (Aonghas MacNeacail)
world tree, whose
roots are in the north,
druid well, well of knowledge,
well of fate, you
made no hymn from warfare
nor doggerel from play
your special qualities,
that snakes should prefer fire
to shelter in your leaves,
that healing can be drawn
by those who know
from all you are
world tree
the way you married
earth and ocean,
air and fl ame,
and how you made
crook, spear or oar,
and who‛s the druid saw you
as a wing, and
how you stood
a tree among the trees

Nuin

chraoibh an-saoghail

Ash

World tree