verse beg. A Maire mín, maith-ingen

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics, Irish prayers and hymns
Middle Irish litany (16 qq) attributed to Colum Cille
First words (verse)
  • A Maire mín, maith-ingen
“Gentle Mary, good maiden”
First words
Plummer’s edition begins A Muire min maith-ingen, tapair furtacht dún.
Ascribed to: Colum CilleColum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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  • Middle Irish
11th century (Murphy)
verse (primary)


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

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Irish prayers, hymns and other devotional texts


Mary [mother of Jesus]Mary ... mother of Jesus
(s. i BC–i AD)
Virgin Mary
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, in: Gerard Murphy [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 46–51, 192–193.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Plummer, Charles, Irish litanies: text and translation, Henry Bradshaw Society, 62, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1925.  
Edition, with English translation, introduction and textual notes. of a selection of Irish litanies.
CELT – edition: <link>

Edition based on 23 N 10, with variant readings from Laud 615 and RIA B iv 2.

[ed.] Strachan, John, “Anecdoton”, Ériu 1 (1904): 122.  
Edition of poem ascribed to Colum Cille, beginning ‘A Muire min maithingen tapair furtacht dún’ (RIA 23 N 10, p. 18).
Journal volume:  Internet Archive – vol. 1, part 1 (followed by vol. 2): <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1, part 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1, part 2: <link>
Edition from RIA MS 23 N 10.
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