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Rune of Hospitality

Rune of Hospitality

Image size: 140mm x 210mm approx.
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The Rune of Hospitality is taken from the Carmina Gadelica, a collection of prayers, hymns, incantations, blessings, runes, and other literary poems and songs collected and translated by Alexander Carmichael ( 1832-1912 ) in the Gaelic-speaking regions of Scotland between 1855 and 1910.

It is a blessing to those that offer their hospitality to all including the stranger. 'Yestreen' is a Scots word for yesterday evening and the 'Triune' refers to the Christian Trinity

At the head of the cross a lark sings out its message. At the other points sit family, the home and its livestock, the entertainment and food offered to the stranger, himself depicted at the centre surrounded by an interlace design. A gift for much appreciated hospitality, perhaps.

'I saw a stranger yestreen
I put food in the eating place
drink in the drinking place
music in the listening place

And in the sacred name of the Triune
He blessed myself and my house
my cattle and my dear ones

And the lark said in her song
often often often
Goes the Christ in stranger's guise
often often often
Goes the Christ in stranger's guise'

 
Rune of Hospitality - lark

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Rune of Hospitality - stranger

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Rune of Hospitality - family

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