verse beg. Pátraicc Macha mártai Gaídil

  • Early Middle Irish
  • verse
Middle Irish poem (13 st.) in praise of St Patrick.
First words (verse)
  • Pátraicc Macha mártai Gaídil
  • Early Middle Irish
  • The poem was described as Old Irish by Kuno Meyer, but more recently (2104), Caoimhín Ó Dónaill has argued that the poem was composed in the Middle Irish period, probably in the late tenth century. Ó Dónaill gives a linguistic analysis and also points to historical elements that preclude a much earlier date.
verse (primary)
  • snédbairdne (8²+4²+8²+4²)
Number of stanzas: 13
Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Vita sancti PatriciiVita sancti PatriciiCollectaneaCollectaneaA collection of hagiographical anecdotes written by Tírechán concerning St Patrick’s travels through the midlands and the northern half of Ireland as well as a southern leg to Cashel.Liber angeliLiber angeliView incoming dataHymn of SecundinusHymn of SecundinusHymn of FíaccHymn of FíaccOld Irish hymn attributed to Patrick’s pupil Fíacc of Sléibte (Sletty, Co. Laois).Bethu Phátraic / Vita Tripartita S. PatriciiBethu Phátraic / Vita Tripartita S. Patricii



Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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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.] [tr.] Ó Dónaill, Caoimhín, “A poem in praise of St. Patrick”, in: Ailbhe Ó Corráin, and Malachy Ó Néill (eds), Teangeolaíocht na Gaeilge XIII, Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet, 2014. 87–104.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “A medley of Irish texts: I. An Old-Irish poem on St Patrick (Pātraicc Macha mārtai Gāidil)”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1907): 303.  
Stowe B iv 2, f. 143b.
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