verse beg. A chóicid chóem Chairpri chrúaid

Orthanach úa Cóilláma
  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
First words (verse)
  • A chóicid chóem Chairpri chrúaid
(Rawlinson B 502)
Orthanach úa Cóilláma
Orthanach úa Cóilláma
(d. 840)
bishop of Kildare and poet

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Ascribed to: Orthanach úa Cóilláma
Orthanach úa Cóilláma
(d. 840)
bishop of Kildare and poet

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In both LL and Rawlinson B 502, the poem is ascribed to Orthanach hua Cellama Cuirrich, i.e. Orthanach úa Cóilláma, bishop of Kildare (d. 840).

The following is based on O'Daly's description.

LL =
pp. 43a–43b
beg. ...buadach co mbúaid ba lúath a chéim Chairpri cháeim
Incomplete. Due to a lacuna, the first 12 stanzas and part of stanza 13 (§ 13c) are wanting; §§ 17 and 22 of O'Daly's edition are not found and the order of the quatrains is somewhat anomalous.
Rawl. B. 502 =
f. 50v
beg. A chóicid chóem Chairpri chrúaid
§§ 1-4 only. The remainder of the MS text is lost.
23 L 14 =
Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 L 14
“in part ... a very bad copy of N” (O'Daly)
B2 =
f. 79v
35qq (§§ 12-13 are missing).
  • Old Irish
  • O'Daly: “There is nothing in the language of the poem (excepting that part which I believe not to have been written by Orthanach) that would make impossible in the first half of the ninth century or that cannot be made to conform with such a date without doing violence to the metre. The distinction between preterite and perfect is well maintained. Exceptions are: ro n-ort, ro loisc 4, do-rat 17, torchair 27. Occasionally a variant in one of the other MSS. introduces a perfect where N has a preterite: nírbo 10(B) (nipa N), nirbtar 30(L) (nibtar N). There are no instances of the neuter being replaced by masc. or fem. Even the short form of the npl. survives [...] The infixed pronoun is infrequent but there are no instances of the independent pronoun [...]. dīas the older dissyllabic form occurs in 2 (N) while in Rawl., B and B1 it is is monosyllabic, an extra syllable being introduced into the verbal form.”
probably of the first half of the 9th century if the ascription to Orthanach (d. 840 AD) is to be trusted. See the note supra.
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[ed.] [tr.] O Daly, Máirín [ed.], “A chóicid choín Chairpri crúaid”, Éigse 10:3 (1962–1963): 177–197.
Edited from NLI MS G 7, with variants.
[ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, and M. A. OʼBrien, The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, vol. 1, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954. 260 pp. + 4 pl.
CELT – edition (pp. 1-260): <link>
202–205 (lines 6067–6157) Diplomatic edition of the text in LL.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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