• Hi Ho Ro Tha Mi Duilich

    by  • 19 September 2010 • Bàrdachd, Emigration, Gàidhlig • 0 Comments

    This song of lament for the people and places of Uig was written by Donald Morrison, born 1858 to 3 Valtos, who left Uig in 1886 and settled in Winnipeg.  Donald had been involved in the land struggle in the early 1880s and tradition maintains that he had to leave as things were getting too hot for him.  With him went his cousin, Angus Macleod from Crowlista.

    Hì ho ro tha mi duilich, tha m’ aigne fo ghruaim
    Bho ràinig mi Canada fhrasach an fhuachd
    Gun chaill mi an riobhadh a bha na mo ghruaidh
    ‘S an-diugh tha mo shnuadh air caochladh.

    Tha cuimhne agam fhathast nuair bha mi glè òg
    Dol suas an Stiodha dhan eaglais mhòir
    Measg òigridh bha tapaidh is snasail nan dòigh
    ‘S an-diugh tha gu leòr fon ùir dhiubh.

    Tha cuimhne agam fhathast nuair bha mi leam fhìn
    A-muigh as a’ mhonadh ri toirt na sgrìob
    A shealltainn air mo leannan bha muigh leis an nì
    Agus dùil agam fhìn a pòsadh.

    Nuair thig an t-earrach ‘s e àm dhol dhan tràigh,
    Bidh iomadach bodach le chorran an sàs
    Bidh iomadach bodach le chorran sna càirn
    Is ìghneagan bàn an t-sùgraidh.

    Nuair thig an samhradh àm dhol le sprèidh
    A-mach dhan a’ mhonadh fo sgàil nam beann mòr
    Bidh iomadach gruagach le buarach na dòrn
    Eadar Codainn na mòr bheann ‘s Druim Thùsbaig.

    ‘S iomadh langa agus bradan a thàinig dhar n-àite
    A-steach bhon a’ Ghallan ‘s bho Strathan na Steàrr
    Cha robh duine as a’ bhaile nach fhaigheadh dhiubh pàirt
    B’ e fasan ar n-àite bho thùs e.

    Ged thillinn sa dhachaigh a Bhaltos mo ghràidh
    Chan fhaic mi na bodaich bh’ ann na mo là
    Aonghas Ruadh, Gille Moire, An Learach ‘s Iain Bàn
    An Gobha ‘s an Tàillear Crùbach.

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