verse beg. Int én bec

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
A stanza cited in Mittelirische Verslehren III as an example of the metrical form snám súad.
First words (verse)
  • Int én bec
“The little bird”
  • Old Irish
  • Old Irish.

“probably originally composed in the ninth century” (Murphy).(1)n. 1 Gerard Murphy, ‘Anonymous: The blackbird by Belfast Loch’ in Early Irish lyrics... (1956): 174.
verse (primary)
  • snám súad (3¹+3¹+3¹+3³)


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry



Gerard Murphy, ‘Anonymous: The blackbird by Belfast Loch’ in Early Irish lyrics... (1956): 174.

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.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: The blackbird by Belfast Loch”, in: Gerard Murphy [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 6–7, 174.
CELT – edition: <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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