verse beg. Colum cáid cumachtach

  • Late Old Irish
  • verse
Prayer (5st in ochtfhoclach metre) for Colum Cille attributed to Cainnech.
First words (verse)
  • Colum cáid cumachtach
Ascribed to: Cainnech of Aghaboe
Cainnech of Aghaboe
Cainnech moccu Dalonn, patron saint of Achad Bó Chainnig (Aghaboe, Co. Laois) and Cell Chainnig (Kilkenny)

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rubric: ‘Cainnech do rigni in n-orthainse’’
beg. ‘Colum caid cumachtach’
Occurs not long after Amra Choluim Chille and its commentary.
p. 15a
Occurs not long after Amra Choluim Chille and its commentary.
p. 47.8–foot
rubric: ‘Cainnech cecinit’
beg. ‘Colaim caidh cumachtach’

5 stt.

context: Sanais Cormaic
The beginning of the 5th stanza is quoted in Sanais Cormaic.
  • Late Old Irish
  • “gehört zweifellos der spät-altirischen Zeit an und [because of a citation in Sanas Cormaic] ist gewiss älter als das Jahr 900” (Pokorny).
verse (primary)
  • ocht-fhoclach
Number of stanzas: 5
Textual relationships
Related: Amra Choluim ChilleAmra Choluim Chille

Elegy on Saint Columba (Colum Cille).

Guidium mac FeidelmidGuidium mac FeidelmidA prayer in verse attributed to Cainnech and addressed to Colum Cille.



Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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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.] Pokorny, Julius, “Ein altirisches Gebet zu St. Columba”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 8 (1912): 285–288.
Internet Archive: <link>
[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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[dipl. ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and Osborn Bergin [eds.], Lebor na hUidre: Book of the Dun Cow, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1929.
CELT – edition (pp. 1-338): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
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