verse beg. A Brigit cuinnigh / ar Críst an cobair
An Irish poem of praise (5 qq) addressed to St Brigit in the life of St Mo Ling that is known as Genemain Moling ocus a bethu (‘The birth and life of Mo Ling’). According to that narrative, Mo Ling recited the poem as a prayer for protection before continuing on a perilous journey and did not encounter an ambush thereafter. It is one of two poems addressed to Brigit in the life, the other beginning A Brigit bennach ar sétt.
- A Brigit cuinnigh / ar Críst an cobair
Mo Ling of Ferns, Moling Luachra
Irish saint, abbot and patron saint of Tech Mo Ling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow) and reputed ‘bishop’ of Ferna (Ferns).
(c. 439/452–c. 524/526)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.
- Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 4190-4200 (3409) [s. xvii1]f. 56(51)vbeginning: ‘A Brigit cuinnigh / ar Críst an cobair’ context: Genemain Moling ocus a bethu
The prose introduction is found on the recto and runs, in Stokes’s edition: At-racht in clérech iarnabárach do dhol isin coinne, ocus ro gabh eccla mór h-é ríasna rígaibh, co n-dechaidh i muinighin Brighte, co n-dubhairt.
- No linguistic analysis is known at this point.
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Revised version of “The birth and life of St Moling”, Revue Celtique 27 (1906): 257–312, incorporating later suggestions and including the poems that were omitted in Revue Celtique.
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