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The Starlings' Song in Hattic

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Monday, April 22, 2002, 10:26
Dear all,

A whole free weekend resulted into a considerable growth of the Hattic vocabulary,
and into a few translations.

Here is my translation of the Starlings' Song:

Sõh Cpätem

Jogud sõh cpätem af hamajtveš ti~di~.
Än ajarsoki rächi sfoš fifud krik.
Enävis meltad zo harspu tišnala.
Hir spächud särej än vurakem cherzi~.?


The Starlings' Song

The starlings' song speaks of heroid deeds.
In the morning rain the heron washes itself.
In the night the little lark prays to the stars.
Who really sees into the heart of birds?


af              = (with genitive:) from; (with accusative:) about, of
ajarsi          = morning
än              = (with dative:) into; (with locative:) in
cherza          = heart
cpät            = starling
enävis          = in the night
fifud           = to wash
hamajtever      = heroic
hars            = star
hir             = who
joguz           = to speak
krik            = heron
meltaz          = to pray
rächi           = rain
särej           = really, truly
sfoš            = reflexive pronoun
sõh             = song
spächuz         = see
tišna           = lark
ti~d            = deed
vurak           = bird
zo              = to, towards

The "i~" should of course be read as "&#297;" (i-tilde), but since this might in some
cases result into tags, I decided not to take the risk.


"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought,
wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that
happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great
comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." --- J.
Michael Straczynski

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