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ESAN THA SHIOS CHA'N ION DA FIAMH

 

Gaelic translation of John Bunyan's poem in the Pilgrim's Progress  

 

 

John Bunyan was an English Puritan minister born at Elstow, near Bedford, in 1628, his father's house "being of that rank that is meanest and most despised of all the families in the land". As a boy he was given instruction in reading and writing, but he was almost unparalleled for lying, swearing and cursing. Although he at first felt much terror because of the "wrath to come", in time he began to harden, so that even several remarkable works of providence - which saved his life - left him spiritually asleep. Mr Bunyan's father-in-law, however, was a devout and godly man who had given to Mrs Bunyan two Christian books - "The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven", and "The Practice of Piety". John Bunyan therefore began to seek after an outward holiness, but soon found he could not give up his swearing and Sabbath-breaking, and he despaired of pardon from God. Through the influence of a poor Christian man who befriended him he began to read the Bible, and upon hearing the conversation of some godly women at the door of a house in Bedford he was convinced of the reality of the work of God in the heart, and that he did not yet know it. This was the turning point of John Bunyan's life, and from then on he sought the Lord until with great joy, he found the Christ who was crucified for sinners.   

 

 

 

Esan tha shios cha'n ion da fiamh,

Gun tuit e chum an lir

Esan tha iriosal ni Dia

A dhion 'sna h-uile cs.

 

Le m' chuibhrionn tha mi toilichte,

Ma's beag no mr a th'ann;

A's denaich dhomh do ghn a bhi

A chaoidh mar sin gach m.

 

Ni's leir gu freasdal air am feum-s'

A thid air eilthireachd,

Ni gann a bhos, ach pailteas shuas

'S dualach dhaibh am feasd.

 

 

"Is aithne dhomh bhi osal, agus is aithne dhomh mar an ceudna pailteas a mhealtuinn: anns gach it, agus anns na h-uile nithean theagaisgeadh mi, araon a bhi sthach agus acrach, araon pailteas a shealbhachadh agus uireasbhuidh fhulang. Is urrainn mi na h-uile nithean a dheanamh tre Chriosd a neartaicheas mi." Philipianach 4:12, 13

"Biodh 'ur caithe-beatha gun sannt; agus bithibh toilichte leis na nithean a tha lthair agaibh: oir thubhairt e, Cha'n fhg, agus cha trig mi am feasd thu." Eabhruidhich 13:5

 

English original:

 

He that is down needs fear no fall,
He that is low no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.

I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
And, Lord, contentment still I crave,
Because thou savest such.

Fulness to such a burden is
That go on pilgrimage:
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.

 

 "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:12, 13

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5