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Translation: Brigmore Lullaby
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After sparrows, three times call...
This public article was written by nadiarwendt, and last updated on 17 Feb 2021, 08:21.

[comments] This song is "Brigmore Lullaby" from Dishonored 2 (Hear the in-game version here: link)
Edited 2/16/21 to adjust some grammar and change some lines.

Rough SynthV audio sketch:

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After sparrows, three times call
After gull does, three times fall
sparrow-PL call-PAST DEF.ART sky
gull-PL fall-PAST DEF.ART water

(sparrows called in the sky / gulls fell into the water)
sperqor fanī la heqem
hinçor bolī la uŧens


Come, maiden, mistress, mouse and hen
Come, fisher, farmer, frog and wren
maiden mistress mouse pigeon frog songbird come-IMPImperative (mood)
command

(maiden, mistress, mouse, pigeon, frog, songbird--come)
ŧuq, uggēbli, mūs, hehi
hebra, qehasbe, gemige



Once a king dressed in red
monarch dressed-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
red

(a king dressed in red--)
hrēŋas bestisī qaŧ

Warmed by the flames on feather bed
warm-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
PASSPassive voice (valency)
be verb-ed
flame-PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

(--was warmed by flames)
tebī bī eterro

While all the town starving cried
Chilled by winds, the Month of Ice
townsperson-PLPlural (number)
more than one/few
cry-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
starve-ADVAdverbial
e.g. English '-ly'
chill-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
PASSPassive voice (valency)
be verb-ed
icy wind-PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

(townspeople cried out, starving and chilled by icy winds)
hāmmonor fanī mesheŧara,
gelī bī iŋgra queror



Eat them of frost/Eat them of snow
The monarch decreed to them below
DEFDefinite
"the"
.ARTArticle
indicate the type of reference being made by the noun
monarch say-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
below to 3PThird person plural (person)
neither speaker nor addressee, they/them

(the monarch said to them below--"
la hrēŋas sqī saben ha sueīa
eat-IMPImperative (mood)
command
snow-from-ground

("eat snow from the ground")
"heŧihe snīun"
eat-IMPImperative (mood)
command
snow-from-air

("eat snow from the air")
"heŧihe sneig"
I could have easily used frost and snow like the original, but I thought it would be kind of funny to use the language's two different words for snow instead, especially as frost tends to form on the ground so I thought, hmmmm. But really it's strange that a language spoken in the tropics has two words for snow at all!


Up on a spike/They perched his head
hang-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
DEFDefinite
"the"
.ARTArticle
indicate the type of reference being made by the noun
monarch-POSSPossessive (case)
owns, has
head-POSSGPossessed (case)
marks being owned

"to hang someone's head" means to make an example of them (from decapitation as an archaic form of punishment of course).

(they hung the monarch's head)
gremī la hrēŋasin qabutin

Cursed his name/Burned his stead
curse-PASTPast tense (tense)
action occurred before moment of speech
3SThird person singular (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
-POSSPossessive (case)
owns, has
name-POSSGPossessed (case)
marks being owned

(they cursed his name)
suerī suein nehmanin


Hush-a-bye and don't be affright
quiet-IMPImperative (mood)
command
and NEGNegative (polarity)
not
-fear-IMPImperative (mood)
command

The "be quiet" could be gentled into more of a request by reduplicating it into "quehiqeqe" but it fits better with the more forceful (shorter) form.

(hush and don't fear)
quehiqe, a mābugibu

Mama will sing through all the night
mama sing-FTFuture tense (tense)
action occurring after the moment of speech
entire night

(mama will sing through night)
mama qehnufa osasra nōqs

Many an hour before morning sun
morning come-FTFuture tense (tense)
action occurring after the moment of speech
shine-FTFuture tense (tense)
action occurring after the moment of speech
splend-FTFuture tense (tense)
action occurring after the moment of speech

Normally conjugated verbs are not strung together like this but it is essentially using one word for all their subjects, rather than trying to combine the verbs themselves, so i think it works as a list lacking the a connector.

(morning will come, it will shine, it will splendor)
heos gemufa, tiufa, sfentufa

Don't dream of horror yet to come
horror-PLPlural (number)
more than one/few
die-FUTFuture (tense)
action occurring after the moment of speech

Horror here in the sense of some kind of monster or ghast which has not yet visited, which I thought would be fitting considering one of the abilities in-game allows you to transform into some kind of horrible abberation. Without the definite article this is more the sense of monsters in general will die when the sun comes up, as it will.

(horrors will die)
gersnemor laitufa.
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