Bealtaine Song / Bábóg na Bealtaine

Words Traditional
Air composed by Eithne Ní Uallacháin

“A Gaelic Summer song, celebrating the joys of nature and youth. It was collected by Enrí Ó Muireasa from Owen Byrne Farney, Co. Monaghan and published in Céad de Cheoltaibh Ulaidh. The song was sung by young men and women on May Eve, while they carried around the “May Baby” a large doll dressed in ribbons. Bealtaine was the Celtic festival of Summer.”

Samhradh buí na nóiníní gléigeal,
thugamar fhéin an thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn,
Ó bhaile go baile is chun ár mbaile ’na dhiaidh sin,
’s thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn

Bábóg na Bealtaine, maighdean an tsamhraidh
suas gach cnoc is síos gach gleann
cailíní maiseacha, bángheala gléasta,
’s thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn

Tá an fhuiseog ag seinm is ag luasadh sna spéartha,
beacha is cuileoga is bláth ar na crainn,
tá’n chuach’s na héanlaith ag seinm le pléisiúr,
’s thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn

Tá nead ag an ghiorria ar imeall na haille,
is nead ag an chorr éisc i ngéaga an chrainn,
tá mil ar na cuiseoga is na coilm ag béiceadh,
’s thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn.

Tá an ghrian ag loinnriú`s ag lasadh na dtabhartas,
tá an fharraige mar scathán ag gháirí don ghlinn,
tá na madaí ag peithreadh is an t-eallach ag géimni
’s thugamar fhéin an samhradh linn.

Golden Summer of the white daisies,
we bring the Summer with us,
from village to village and home again,
and we bring the Summer with us.

Beltaine dolls, Summer maidens
Up hill and down glens
Girls adorned in pure white,
and we bring the Summer with us.

The lark making music and sky dancing
the blossomed trees laden with bees
the cuckoo and the birds singing with joy
and we bring the Summer with us.

The hare nests on the edge of the cliff
the heron nests in the branches
the doves are cooing, honey on stems
and we bring the Summer with us.

The shining sun is lighting the darkness
the silvery sea shines like a mirror
the dogs are barking, the cattle lowing
and we bring the Summer with us.

Recordings

Brighid’s Kiss

Senex Puer