Hered a Chaun
Davo enni ú-chered a chírbann o choel, dân maethad hain pen-achas.
Davo enni ú-ganed an nared en-naeg nín, dân i ‘ûr orthored han.
Davo enni ú-dired mellyn bo dagorlad cuil, dân tired i vellas nín.
Davo enni ú-dharthad vi achas ‘alol an endraith, dân esteliad a mronwe crithad i leithiad nín.
Davo enni gaun hired i ‘aded e-gam lín ir im orthornen; ú-vathad i veleth lín erui vi tûr nín.
Prayer for Courage
(original English version)
Let me pray not to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me beg not for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me look not for allies in life’s battlefield, but to my own strength.
Let me crave not in anxious fear to be saved, but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of your hand in failure.
Prayer for Valour
(word for word translation)
Grant to me to pray not for haven from afflictions, but to fight them without fear.
Grant to me to not cry out for the stopping of my pain, but the heart to conquer it.
Grant to me to look not to friends on life’s battlefield, but to look to my own strength.
Grant to me to wait not in growing fear for saving, but to hope for endurance to reap my release.
Grant to me valour to find the grasp of your hand when I am conquered; to feel not your love
only in my victory.
Original poem by Rabindranath Tagore
Sindarin translation by Iavas, October 2003