Sheep Under the Snow

Re blogged from my Manx friend Judith Christian: “To my non Manx friends..this is a well known Manx folk song, which tragically has come to life again during the past week. It breaks your heart.”

Lyrics translated by A.W. Moore (1853-1909)
Ny Kirree fo Niaghtey – The Sheep Under The Snow:

After winter of snow and spring-tide of frost
The old sheep were dead and the small lambs alive
The men of Lonan rose up and they went forthwith
In Barrule’s hollow they found the sheep dead

Oh! get up shepherds, and to the hill go ye
For the sheep deep as ever are under the snow

The men of Lonan rose up and of Kirk-Christ too
They found the little sheep in Agneash hollow
This said Nicholas Raby and he at home sick
“Beneath the snow are the sheep in Braid-farrane-fing”

The wethers in the front the rams in the midst
The ewes heavy with lamb coming after them
This said Nicholas Raby going up on the loft
“Be my seven blessings on my two thousand sheep

I’ve one sheep for Christmas and two for Easter
And two or three others for the time of death
I have sheep in the hollow and goats on Slieau-rea
Wild sheep in Coan-ny-chistey that will never come home”

Appropriate for Good Friday….


About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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