verse beg. A aingil / beir a Míchíl mórfhertaig

Ua Brolcháin (Máel Ísu)
  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Metrical invocation (9qq, treochair) of Michael the archangel.
First words (verse)
  • A aingil / beir a Míchíl mórfhertaig
Máel Ísu Ua BrolcháinUa Brolcháin (Máel Ísu)
(d. (c.) 1086)
Úa Brolcháin (Máel Ísu)
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  • Middle Irish
11th century
verse (primary)
  • treochair (3²+7³+7²)
Number of stanzas


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


Michael the archangelMichael the archangel
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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.] Ní Bhrolcháin, Muireann, Maol Íosa Ó Brolcháin, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1986.
42–43 (no. 1) Edition, with Irish translation.
[ed.] [tr.] Greene, David, and Frank OʼConnor, “41: Hymn to St. Michael”, in: David Greene, and Frank OʼConnor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967. 165–166.
[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>
88–89 (Litany of St Michael)
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, “Maelisu’s hymn to the archangel Michael”, Gaelic Journal 4:35 (1890): 56–57, 70 (corr.).
Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Meyer, Kuno [tr.], Selections from ancient Irish poetry, London, 1911.  
A collection of early and medieval Irish poetry in English translation. The individual items are reprinted from earlier publications.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>, <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Cath Finntrága or The Battle of Ventry, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 1.4, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1885.  
Edition based on Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 487; variants from BL Egerton 149.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
88–89, 118

Secondary sources (select)

Hollo, Kaarina, “The alliterative structure of Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin’s A aingil, beir”, Ériu 41 (1990): 77–80.
Dennis Groenewegen
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