The charm of making

Posted on 2011-04-30 10:56

There was a time when my friends and I would chant this at the slightest provocation:

Anhaal nathrak Uth vos bethod Dothial tienvay!

I've come to find that this line was constructed from Old Irish:

In Old Irish:

Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha

In Modern Irish:

Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh

In English:

Serpent's breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making.

from http://www.evertype.com/misc/charm.html