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Early Indo-European Texts


Virginija Vasiliauskiene and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Lithuanian 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 Baltic Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Lithuanian language and its speakers' culture.

the Book of Sermons by Jonas Bretkunas

Taip tatai nu ant antro sßw ýsch sch§s hist˛rios atmink, Krýstu zmogumý gýmusi ýsch gimmines karŃliu, b˙tent Dˇwido, nŔsa ir tatai Diewas teip§ b¨wa lýkens ir pranneschens paczißm KarŃlui Dˇwidui bilˇdams. ╚sch tÓwa SÚkla pŃskui tawŔ prikÚlsiu, kurý ýsh tÓwa k˙no tures ateiti, ir t§s karaliste Ŕsch patwýrtinsiu, bei karalistes i§ nŔ b¨s gŃlo.

BŔt schýcze diwu diwai irÓ MariÓ, kurý dabar s¨ wiru nŔ b¨wa suwenczawˇta, kuri§s wirýschkis nepakr¨tina, kurý wÝro nezinnˇia, kaip tÓ ýsch dßrbo Schwent§s DwŃses nieschcziÓ ßlba sunký randasi ir berneli pagimda. T§ sakau newÝena zmogaus pr§tas negŃl, pÚrmaniti ir ischrak˙oti. MariÓ irÓ mergÓ czistÓ, pirm uzgimýmo, patimŔ uzgimimmŔ, ir passiliekt czistÓ mergÓ, p§ pagimdimo sÓwa. T§ t¨r nussistebÚti, netiktai zmog¨s bŔt ir pŃtis schwentÝeghi Angelai. NŔs tatai taipaiŔg b¨wa Diewo nˇras ir wŃle, jr teip tatai per prarŃka Esai§schu b˙sent b¨wa praneschdinens, bilˇdams: Schýtai (kaip kadÓ tartu, dabˇkes zmogau steb¨klo dýdzio) PannÓ b¨s nieschcziÓ ßlba sunký ir pagimdis S˙nu.


Therefore now in the second (chapter) remember from this story for yourself this, that Christ was born as a man, from his lineage as a king, namely of David, because God had remained (where David was) and prophesized also this to King David himself, saying: I will raise your seed after you, which (seed) shall come from your body and I will confirm the kingdom of this (seed) and there will be no end to this kingdom of his (seed).
But here the miracle of miracles is Mary, who had not married a man yet, whom the man had not touched, who had not known a man, how from the action of the Holy Ghost she becomes pregnant or heavy and bears a child. I say that the mind of not one man can understand or describe this. Mary is a pure virgin before her birth, during her birth and she remains a pure virgin after her giving birth. At this not only man, but even the holy angels themselves have to marvel. Because that also was God's wish and will and through the prophet Isaiah He had prophesied that, saying: Behold (as if He would say, await, oh man, this great miracle) the girl will be pregnant (or heavy) and will bear a son.