verse beg. A Maire mín, maith-ingen

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

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pp. 90.12–91.12
rubric: ‘Colaim Cille cecinit’
beg. ‘A Muire mín maithingen’
16 qq
pp. 18.i–19.m
rubric: ‘Columcille cecinit
beg. ‘A Muire min maithingen’
  • Middle Irish
11th century (Murphy)
verse (primary)



Mary [mother of Jesus]
Mary ... mother of Jesus
(s. i BC–i AD)
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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).
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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