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Early Indo-European Texts


Brian Joseph, Angelo Costanzo, and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Albanian with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Albanian Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Albanian language and its speakers' culture.

Excerpt from Barleti's biography of Skenderbeg

Ishte e pamundur, o sfetigradas, qė Zoti i madh e i vėrtetė t'ju jepte juve sot njė rast mė tė mirė, tė jepte pėr zėmrat e flakta dhe pėr ushtarėt e zjarrtė njė rast mė tė bukur se sa ky qė me plot tė drejtė ju ka dhėnė, tė rrėmbeni tani armėt pėr ta lėnė tė vulosur pėr gjithėmonė me shėmbėllėn e lartė besnikėrinė tuaj edhe kundrejt meje, edhe kundrejt mbarė Epirit. Gjer tani ne kemi luftuar pėr fitoren, pėr nderin e mbretėrisė; tani ju duhet tė luftoni pėr shpėtimin, pėr lirinė, pėr muret e atdheut. Tani ju duhet tė pėrpiqeni qė lavdet, tė cilat i kini merituar nė sa e sa luftra tė kryera me sukses nėn udhėheqjen time tė mos i ktheni nė turp tė madh nga plogėshtia dhe nė pjesėn mė tė madhe fati i kėsaj varet nga ju, sepse nga ju do t'ia fillojė Murati hyrjes pėr nė Epir.


It was impossible, O men of Svetigrad, that the great and true God would give you all today a better opportunity, that he would give to burning hearts and passionate soldiers a more beautiful opportunity than this that he has rightfully given you all to seize your weapons in order that it be marked forever with the high example of your loyalty towards me, as well as towards all of Epirus. Up to now we have fought for victory and the honor of the kingdom. Now you all must fight for salvation, for freedom, for the walls of the fatherland. Now you should strive beyond the praises that you have earned with success in many many wars carried out under my leadership, lest you return in great shame from lethargy; and in the larger part, the fate of this depends on you all because, through you all, Murad will begin it as far as the entrance into Epirus is concerned.