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Thread #31375   Message #407463
Posted By: GUEST,The Celtic Bard
27-Feb-01 - 05:10 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Great Silkie
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Words for 'The Great Silke'
Now that you mentioned it, Stewart, I remember hearing a beautiful and haunting Irish folksong about a Weltie (I think that's how you spell it) that got her seal skin taken away from her by a fisherman who made her his wife. Years later her children told her about a seal skin they saw their father oiling and she was able to return to the sea and her other children. The sadness of the song really comes across in the verse where the fisherman finds his children standing on the shoreline calling for their mother. I originally heard it in Gaelic and then found the translation.

Thanks for jogging my memory. Originally I didn't even know that a Silkie was.

Thanks you guys for coming through yet again.

Rebecca <><