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Skeealyn Vannin, Disk 2 Track 15iii: Speaker: Captain James Kinley, Peel

Date(s): 1948

Creator(s): Irish Folklore Commission

Transcript: Hymn 113: ‘A charge to keep I have’

Yn arrane queig feed as tree jeig
Song five score and thirteen

Dy hirveish Jee dy jeean,
Shoh’n raaue ta currit dou,
Dy gheddyn aarloo m’annym beayn,
Dy chiartagh’ ee son niau.

A charge to keep I have,
a God to glorify,
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky.

Dy yannoo mie dagh oor,
Myr ta mee gaase ayns eash:
O lhig da goaill seose slane my phooar
My Vainshter dy hirveish.

To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow'rs engage
to do my Master's will!

Freill mee dy kinjagh mayrt,
Leeid mee ‘sy chassan cair;
As Hiarn, fow aarloo dty harvaant,
Dy chur dhyt coontey geyre.

Arm me with watchful care
as in Thy sight to live,
and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare
a strict account to give!

Cur jeeanid dou dy phrayll,
Dy voddym cosney grayse:
Shickyr, my nee’m my Hiarn hreigeil,
Dy bragh nee’m geddyn baase.

Help me to watch and pray,
and still on Thee rely,
O let me not my trust betray,
but press to realms on high.

(Transcribed by Phil Gawne, Cregneash, Rushen. The Manx translation is not a direct word-for-word translation.)

Language: Manx

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: WHOLE

ID number: SA 0579/2/15iii


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