verse beg. Dá mac déc Iacóib

  • Middle Irish
  • verse

Early Middle Irish(?) poem (6 qq) attributed to one Óengus mac Suibne on the twelve sons and one daughter of Jacob. The text is known from certain recensions of the Sex aetates mundi.

First words (verse)
  • Dá mac déc Iacóib
Ascribed to: Óengus mac SuibneÓengus mac Suibne
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According to Ó Cróinín, probably a copy from Rawl B 502.
Ó Cróinín explains that contrary to what Oskamp assumed earlier, the poem is not found in the two manuscripts of recension III of SAM.
  • Middle Irish
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 6 qq.



(time-frame ass. with biblical worlds)
Biblical figure, patriarch of the Israelites, son of Isaac and Rebecca.

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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.] Tristram, Hildegard L. C. [ed.], Sex aetates mundi: die Weltzeitalter bei den Angelsachsen und den Iren. Untersuchungen und Texte, Anglistische Forschungen, 165, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1985.
[ed.] [tr.] Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí [ed.], The Irish Sex aetates mundi, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983.
83 (text), 122 (translation) [id. 43.]

Secondary sources (select)

Carney, James P., “The dating of early Irish verse texts, 500–1100”, Éigse 19 (1982–1983): 177–216.
186–187 and 187 n. 18

Suggests that the poem is “clearly earlier” than SAM and points to a “concordance of noun and adjective” as a rare linguistic feature.

McNamara, Martin, The apocrypha in the Irish Church, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1975.
34 [id. 24.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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