Texts

verse beg. Pátraicc Macha mártai Gaídil

  • Early Middle Irish
  • verse
Middle Irish poem (13 st.) in praise of St Patrick.
Initial words (verse)
  • Pátraicc Macha mártai Gaídil
Manuscripts
Language
  • 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.
Form
verse (primary)
Metre
  • 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
Related: Bethu Phátraic / Vita Tripartita S. PatriciiBethu Phátraic / Vita Tripartita S. 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.Hymn of FíaccHymn of FíaccOld Irish hymn attributed to Patrick’s pupil Fíacc of Sléibte (Sletty, Co. Laois).Hymn of SecundinusHymn of SecundinusVita sancti PatriciiVita sancti Patricii

Classification

Subjects

Saint PatrickSaint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
St Patrick
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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.] [tr.] Ó Dónaill, Caoimhín, “A poem in praise of St. Patrick”, in: Ó Corráin, Ailbhe, 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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November 2019, last updated: September 2021