Breton scores

Designed & produced by Éric Mac Lewis
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2008-2020

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A new song has been composed
About Marquis Pontkalleg
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!


He was a friend of the Bretons
He was a friend of the Bretons
but not of the bourgeois
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!


He wanted to unburden us
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!

Ha pa oa degoue't e Naoned
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Ha pa oa degoue't e Naoned
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!E oa barnet ha kondaonet
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit, mallozh dit
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!


Marv neb a gare e vro
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Marv neb a gare e vro
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!Hag her greas betek ar marv
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit, mallozh dit
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!

Marv Pontkalleg
(Pontkalleg's Death)


This song is known due to Hersart de La Villemarqué who published a vast collection of old Breton songs (lyrics and music) in his masterpiece called Barzhaz Breizh (first edition in 1839).
Many artists found their inspiration in that song book.

The lyrics of this lament are about the rebellion of a few Breton noblemen against the French power and the way the Marquis of Pontkalleg has been betrayed and executed in the town of Nantes (Naoned) in 1720.

Ur werzenn nevez zo savet
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Ur werzenn nevez zo savet
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!War markiz Pontkalleg eo graet
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit, mallozh dit
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!


Mignon a oa d'ar Vretoned
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Mignon a oa d'ar Vretoned
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!D'ar vourc'hizien ne laran ket
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit, mallozh dit
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!


Lakaet en devoa en e benn
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Lakaet en devoa en e benn
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!
Disammañ deomp-ni hor c'hordenn
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit, mallozh dit
Treitour, ah! Mallozh dit 'ta!

When he arrived in Nantes
He was judged and sentenced to death
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!


He's dead the one who loved his country
Brave until death
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!
Traitor, be cursed, be cursed!

From the album « A Raok Mont Kuit» (1994) - Gilles Servat