Ag Críost An Síol polka

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X: 1
T: Ag Críost An Síol
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:FG|A>(d d)e/d/|c2 B(3B/A/G/|A>A B(3B/A/G/|(A2 A)B/A/|
GA/G/ F>G|(A2 A2|A2 A)F/G/|A>(d d)e/d/|
c2 B(3B/A/G/|A>A B(3B/A/G/|(A2 A)B/A/|GA/G/ F>G|
(A2 A2| A)F/G/ Ad/e/| (f2 f)e/f/| g(3a/g/f/ f(3f/e/d/|
e2 ee/d/ |cd/c/ B(3B/A/G/| A2 A>B| cd/c/ B(3B/A/G/|
A2 FG|A>(d d)e/d/|c2 B(3B/A/G/|A>A AD/E/|
FG/E/ A2|E2 F>E|D>E D2|D2 D2||
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Four comments

Ag Criost An Siol

I’m not sure why this tune isn’t listed here, it’s a gorgeous air written by Sean O’Riada. Derek Bell plays a lovely version on Musical Ireland CD.

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Translated as "to Christ the Seed", it is the title of a prayer, which Ó Riada set to music.
Some might tell you that it was to commemorate a papal visit in 1979, but Ó Riada died in 1971, so the claim is refuted.

Re: Ag Críost An Síol

Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar; Christ the seed, Christ the harvest
i n-iothlainn Dé go dtugtar sinn. may we brought to silo
Ag Críost an mhuir, ag Críost an t-iasc; Christ the mara, Christ the pisces
i líonta Dé go gcastar sinn. may we be netted in his line.

Ó fhás go h-aois, is ó aois go bás, Growing through age & aging to death
do dhá láimh, a Chríost, anall tharainn. Thy arms embrace us Christ
Ó bhás go críoch, ní críoch ach athfhás, Out of death may we grow again
i bParthas na ngrás go rabhaimid. in merciful Heaven may that be.

Re: Ag Críost An Síol

My Uncle Michael, RIP, from Salthill, Co. Galway always told me the words were written by Micheál Ó Síocháin (Father Michael Sheehan), Co. Waterford in 1916. Brendan’s translation is a little different from mine, but that’s the privilege of the translator.

The tune is not Ó Riada’s composition; he adapted an old Irish air. It’s not too unlike The Achill Air, in Bunting’s Ancient Music of Ireland. There’s another similarity which won’t come to me just now.

I’ll endeavour to post the setting which I’ve always known to be a slow 3/4 or 6/8 but, as with many songs ‘as gaelige’, it’s difficult to accurately put in the little nuances which make them special and I don’t know how to impart these in ‘abc’

I generally sing it in D

All the best

Brian x