[Spellyans] Late Cornish adaptations

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 12:01:47 IST 2008


furu < fordhow.

The whole quotation is:

Why lader gweader,
Lavarro guz pader,
Ha ro man do higha an cath [leg. lath]
Gwra ouna guz furu
Hithow po avorou
Ha why ew [leg. el] boz dean da whath.

You brigand of a weaver
say your prayers,
and give up falsifying the yard.
Mend your ways
today or tomorrow
and you can be a good man yet.

Notice the uncertainty of number: why, lavarro, guz, why are all 2nd  
plural
but gwra ouna is 2nd singular.

In KS it would be:

Why lader gwiader,
Lavarowgh agas pader,
ha ro in màn dhe higa an lath.
Gwra ewna agas fordhow
hedhyw bò avorow
ha why a yll bos den dâ whath.

Nicholas


On 1 Aug 2008, at 11:58, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> Nicholas, how does "furu" translate in your quote?  I ask because the
> place-name Carfury has the early spelling of Carnfuru.  I assume  
> this to
> be carn + furow, "wise ones, wise men" but it remains in the list of
> "uncertains".
>
> Craig
>
>
> nicholas williams wrote:
>> If we use owna (cf. Gwra ouna guz furu Gwavas) for 'emend' and owna
>> for 'fear' (vb) there is ambiguity. I prefer ewna for
>> 'correct, emend'.
>>
>> Nicholas
>>
>> On 1 Aug 2008, at 02:03, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>>
>>> -          The spelling <hei> is attested through Lhuyd and Nicholas
>>> Boson, likewise <crei>, and <chei> in John and Nicholas Boson,  
>>> <chey>
>>> by Borlase. These spellings are authentic. I do not understand your
>>> objection;
>>> -          <ouna> is attested for the verb “to put right”;
>>>
>>> I would hardly call this fake-Cornish.
>>> Dan
>>>
>>>
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