Manx love poem
She dty yalloo ayns yn scaaney
Yn daan s’aaley aym
Agh jean siyr, t’eh goll ass
She my « ta graïh aym ort » jerrinagh.
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A translation into Manx (Gaelg). This Gaelic language, close to Scottish Gaelic, counts 1,500 speakers. My love poem, is for a pretty woman of Man island, a young lady surrounded by cats without tail.
The word Gaelic, refers to the group of Celtic languages spoken in Scotland, Ireland and Man. Originally there is a primitive Irish, from which descend, an old, then middle, then modern Irish, as well as the Manx, and the Gaelic of Scotland. The first traces of this ancestor of Gaelic languages date from the 4-6th century, these are names inscribed on ogham stones. Gaelic spoken in Man dates from the beginning of the 17th century.