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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
03-Jul-09 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Pronunciation of Gaelic/Norn in 'King Orfeo'
Subject: RE: Pronunciation of Gaelic/Norn in 'King Orfeo'
John Stickle had the second line Scowan Earl grey and the 4th For yetter kangra norla.

Kitty Anderson's version (the other with a tune) has the lines as Sconner le groon and Whar yorten han groon varlee.

Bronson has a footnote to the latter: "Sconner le groon (?The wood is green yearly") = Scan arlish groon (?"The wood is yearly green"). Whar yorten han groon varlee (?"Where the garden grows green yearly") = Whar yorten han gor arlish (?"Where the hart goes yearly"). Cf. also JEFDSS, V, 77". That journal - Dec 47 - is where John Stickle's version was published; if anyone has access to a copy it might have some more useful information.

See also the thread: Origins: King Orfeo versions.