verse beg. Brigit búadach

  • Old Irish
  • verse

Two stanzas of an Old Irish poem in praise of St Brigit of Kildare. The stanzas are quoted, possibly from a longer poem which no longer survives, in the tract on versification known as Mittelirische Verslehren III and a short, closely related one in the Book of Leinster.



Brigit of Kildare
Brigit of Kildare
(c. 439/452–c. 524/526)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.

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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.] McLaughlin, Roisín, “A critical edition of Mittelirische Verslehren III”, unpublished ph.D. thesis, Trinity College, Dublin, 2007.  
This thesis consists of a critical edition and translation of a Middle Irish metrical tract known as Mittelirische Verslehren III (hereafter MV III). The tract is an important source of information on rhyming syllabic verse in the Middle Irish period. It consists of two hundred and nine stanzas which illustrate various types of metres, ranging from common metres to more complex metrical forms, many of which are not represented in the standard works of reference. The metres are classified into four sections as gnáthaisti ‘common metres’ (§§2-127), gnátha medónda ‘moderately well-known’ (§§128-47), anaichinti ‘unfamiliar’ (§§148-66) and écoitchenna ‘uncommon’ (§§167-210). The stanzas cited as illustrations cover a wide range of subject matter, including panegyric, satiric, religious and topographical material. At present, the text is available only in a diplomatic edition by Rudolf Thurneysen (1891, 1-182). This is based on two manuscripts: Royal Irish Academy MS 23 P 12 (the Book of Ballymote) and TCD MS H.2.12. He subsequently published (1912, 60- 72) a selection of readings from RIA MS D ii 1 (the Book of Uí Maine). Two further manuscript witnesses of the text were not available to Thurneysen. These are National Library of Scotland Gaelic MS 1 (Advocates 72.1.1) and National Library of Ireland MS G 3, both of which contain important variant readings.
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[ed.] [tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [ed.], “Mary, Eve and the Church (c. 600-1800)”, in: Angela Bourke, Siobhán Kilfeather, and Maria Luddy [et al.] (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 45–165.
72 Meyer’s text with a new English translation.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], Bruchstücke der älteren Lyrik Irlands, Abhandlungen der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, 7, Berlin: Gruyter, 1919.
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23 [id. 51.] Text and translation into German.
[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno, Miscellanea Hibernica, University of Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, 2.4, Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois, 1917.  

Contents: I. Sualtaim; II. Fer Diad the Nibelung; III. Notes on Irish metrics; IV. An Old Irish poem ascribed to St Moling [Rochūala la nech lēgas libru]; V. Ancient Irish poems with sporadic rhyme [incl. verse beg. Admuiniur secht n-ingena, A Amorgein ānmoltaig, Āiliu tech midchūarta, Ind rāith i comair in dairfheda, Dīa Dīa dorrogus re tīas inna gnūis]; VI. Philological notes [21 notes on Old and MIddle Irish]; VII. Notes on Irish texts; VIII. Notes on Thurneysen's Handbuch des Altirischen; Index of words and names.

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[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Mittelirische Verslehren”, in: Ernst Windisch, and Whitley Stokes [eds.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 3, Leipzig, 1891. 1–182.  
comments: An index of verse metries and initial lines of verse is provided at the end of this contribution.
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