“O A Iu, Nach Till Thu Dhomnaill (O A Iu, Will You Not Return?)”


Gaelic. The singer meets Donald while traversing the moors. They flirt, "he threatened to tear my chemise to shreds.... That was not what you promised me ... a ceremony of marriage."


The description is based on the translation of Creighton/MacLeod 69 in _Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia_ which is the same Gaelic text as Creighton-Maritime. Creighton/MacLeod: "There is a more complete version of this song in Craig's 'Orain Luaidh,' p. 66."

Creighton explains "this is a work song, used for milling, or shrinking, cloth." - BS


  1. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 178-179, "Gaelic Milling Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CrMS178


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Creighton-Maritime)
Found in: Canada(Mar)