verse beg. Cerball Currig cáem-Life

  • Early Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry

Poem (20 stanzas) concerning Cerball mac Muirecáin. Metre: casbairdne.

First words (verse)
  • Cerball Currig cáem-Life
Ascribed to: Dallán mac MóreDallán mac Móre
(fl. c. 909)
early Irish poet; reputedly a bardic poet to Cerball mac Muirecáin, king of Leinster (d. c. 909)
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Court poet to Cerball mac Muirecáin, king of Leinster.
  • Early Irish
“There can be no doubt that the poem was composed towards the end of the ninth century.” (Meyer)
verse (primary)
  • casbairdne (7³+7³+7³+7³)
Number of stanzas
Associated items
M'aes cumtha cumnigimM'aes cumtha cumnigimView incoming data


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


Cerball mac MuirecáinCerball mac Muirecáin
(d. c. 909)
king of Leinster
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[ed.] [tr.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “A poem by Dallán mac Móre”, Revue Celtique 29 (1908): 210–214.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, Osborn Bergin, M. A. OʼBrien, and Anne OʼSullivan [eds.], The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar na Núachongbála, 6 vols, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1954–1983.
CELT – 1-260: <link> CELT – 400-470 (excl. Táin bó Cúailnge): <link> CELT – 471-638 and 663 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn): <link> CELT – 761-781 and 785-841 (excl. Dinnshenchas Érenn and Togail Troí): <link> CELT – 1119-1192 and 1202-1325 (excl. Esnada tige Buchet and Fingal Rónáin ): <link>
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C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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