verse beg. In nomine Domini tempus certe croaxare

Cruindmáel (Cruindmelus)
  • Latin
  • verse

Short Latin poem attributed to Crundmelus (Ir. Crundmáel), which is prefixed to a copy of his treatise on metrics. It runs In nomine Domini tempus certe croaxare / De metro, filioli, nunc nitimur narrare. / Adiuvent nos angeli / ac sanctorum agmina. / Facere ut possimus versu Christo carmina. / Cavete filioli, botrate Fulcharium / Necnon suum socium sic sane Sedulium.

First words (verse)
  • In nomine Domini tempus certe croaxare
Cruindmáel [Cruindmelus]Cruindmáel ... Cruindmelus
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Ascribed to: Cruindmáel [Cruindmelus]Cruindmáel ... Cruindmelus
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f. 41r
rubric: ‘In Dei nomine de metrica ratione pauca incipiunt ex multis grammaticorum libris excerpta / Discite me, pueri, versus si scribere vultis, / Nam veterum rite carmine prisca sequor’
beg. ‘In nomine Domini tempus certe croaxare’
This poem and the one before it are introduced Hos uersiculos Cruindmelus composuit.
  • Latin
verse (primary)
Number of lines: 6
Textual relationships
Related: Ars metricaArs metrica

Short Latin treatise on the grammar of metre, attributed to and presumably written by an Irish scholar named Cruindmelus, which likely represents the Irish name Cruindmáel. It has been dated to the first half of the 9th century.



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.] Dümmler, Ernst [ed.], Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, vol. 2, MGH Antiquitates, Berlin: Weidmann, 1884.
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Secondary sources (select)

Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
176 [id. 669.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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