verse beg. Is scíth mo chrob ón scríbainn

  • Late Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics
First words (verse)
  • Is scíth mo chrob ón scríbainn
“My hand is weary with writing”
Ascribed to: Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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Attributed to Colum Cille.
p. 51.1–3
rubric: ‘Colum Cille cecinit’
beg. ‘Sgith mo crob on scribinn’
3 qq.
  • Late Middle Irish
  • late Middle Irish
11th or 12th century (Murphy)
verse (primary)


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry

Early Irish lyricsEarly Irish lyrics


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.] Greene, David, and Frank OʼConnor, “39: The scribe”, in: David Greene, and Frank OʼConnor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967. 159–160.
[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: My hand is weary with writing”, in: Gerard Murphy [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 70–71, 206.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Colum Cille cecinit; [etc.]”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 13 (1921): 7–9.
Internet Archive: <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “Anecdota from Irish MSS: XVII. MS. Laud 615, p. 55: Colum Cille cecinit”, Gaelic Journal 8 (1897): 49.

Secondary sources (select)

Howlett, David, “Gematria in Irish verse”, Peritia 22–23 (2011-2012, 2013): 177–181.
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