Texts

verse beg. Mór ar bfearg riot a rí Saxan, a sé a dhamra

Ó Dálaigh (Gofraidh Fionn)
  • Early Modern Irish
  • verse
  • Classical Irish poetry, Mythological Cycle
Classical Irish poem by Gofraidh Fionn Ó Dálaigh in commemoration of Maurice fitz Maurice (Muiris Óg), second earl of Desmond. It includes an episode about Lug's arrival at Tara, after which Maurice is likened to the Irish deity.
Initial words (verse)
  • Mór ar bfearg riot a rí Saxan, a sé a dhamra
Author
Gofraidh Fionn Ó DálaighÓ Dálaigh (Gofraidh Fionn)
(d. 1387)
also Gofraidh Ó Dálaigh Fionn; Irish bardic poet of the Ó Dálaigh family
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Ascribed to: Gofraidh Fionn Ó DálaighÓ Dálaigh (Gofraidh Fionn)
(d. 1387)
also Gofraidh Ó Dálaigh Fionn; Irish bardic poet of the Ó Dálaigh family
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Manuscripts
Language
  • Early Modern Irish
Date
Bergin dates the composition of the poem to the late 1350s, within a few years of the death of the poem's subject.
Form
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas
60

Classification

Classical Irish poetryClassical Irish poetry
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Mythological CycleMythological Cycle
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Sources

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.] Bergin, Osborn, “Mór ar bfearg riot a rí Saxan”, in: Bergin, Osborn, Irish bardic poetry: texts and translations, together with an introductory lecture, ed. Fergus Kelly and David Greene, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1970. 73–81.
CELT – edition: <link>
The Lug episode only (beg. Tadhbhas do Lugh, leannán Teamhra)
[tr.] Carney, James P. [tr.], Medieval Irish lyrics, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.  
comments: Edition, with introduction, English translation and notes, of a selection of Irish and Hiberno-Latin poems.
86ff [id. 37.]
[ed.] Knott, Eleanor, An introduction to Irish syllabic poetry of the period 1200–1600, 2nd ed. (1928), Cork: Cork University Press, 1934.  
comments: Reprinted in 1974 by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
54ff [‘The coming of Lugh’]
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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March 2013, last updated: December 2018