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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 the Missal of Gjon Buzuku

Ėndė e zanėt tė shekullit bani Zot'ynė qiellė e dhenė. E dheu ish i pa:frujt e i shprazėtė, e t'erėtitė ish pėr-ėnbi: faqet tė fondit ujit, e shpirti i t'inė Zot vėlizee pėr-ėnbi: ujėnat. E tha Zot'ynė: Kloftė ba:m drita. E u ba: drita. E pa: Zot'ynė se drita ish e mirė; e dau Zot'ynė dritėnė ėn s'erėtit. E grishi Zot'ynė dritėnė ditė, e t'erėtitė natė. E u ba: natė, e duol drita. E tha Zot'ynė: Kloftė ba:m tė firmuomitė pėr viedmis ujėnavet, e ata tė fėrmuom tė daė ujėnatė ėn ujėnashit. E bani Zot'ynė tė firmuomitė e dau ujėnatė qi ishnjinė pėr ėndėnė tė firmuomitė, e ato qi ishnė pėr-ėnbi: tė firmuomitė. E ashtu u ba:. E grishi Zot'ynė tė firmuomitė qiell. E u ba: natė, e duol drita, qi anshtė e dyta ditė. E tha Zot'ynė: u ėnbėliedhshinė ujėnatė pėr ėndėnė qiellt ėnbė njė vend, e u duktė thatė. E ashtu kle. E grishi Zot'ynė tė thatėtė dhe:, e tė ėnbėliedhunitė e ujėnavet grishi de:t. E pa: Zot'ynė se ish fort mirė.


In the beginning of time our Lord made heavens and the earth. And the earth was barren and empty and the darkness was over the surface of the deep of the water and the spirit of our Lord was moving over the waters. And our Lord said: May the light be made. And the light was made. And our Lord saw that the light was good, and our Lord separated the light from the darkness. And our Lord called the light 'day' and the darkness 'night'. And night was made, and the light arrived. And our Lord said: May a vault be made in the midst of the waters and (may the) vault separate waters from waters. And our Lord made the vault and separated the waters that were under the vault and those that were over the vault. And so it was done. And our Lord called the vault 'heaven'. And night was made, and the light arrived, which is the second day. And our Lord said "May the waters under the sky be gathered at one place and may dry ground appear. And it was so. And our Lord called the dry ground 'earth' and the gathering of waters he called 'sea'. And our Lord saw that it was very good.