verse beg. Robad mellach a meic mo Dé

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics
Middle Irish poem attributed to Colum Cille.
First words (verse)
  • Robad mellach a meic mo Dé
“It would be pleasant o Son of my God”
Ascribed to: Colum Cille
Colum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).

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Anonymous; attributed to Colum Cille.
R =
ff. 26r(41).14–26v.10
rubric: ‘Colum Cille cc’
beg. ‘Doba mellach a mhic mo Dhe ⁊ aidble remend’

A modified version. 10 qq.

1 quatrain quoted in the Ó Domhnaill life of Colum Cille, § 278, beg. Ro-m-lin maích a nfhéemhuis; another. Cf. Tréide as dile lem fo-rácbus (§ 279).

  • Middle Irish
c. 1000 (Murphy)
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas: 9 or 10
The quatrain between stt 8 and 9 is the same as the opening quatrain of another poem, beg. Tréide as dile lem fo-rácbus. Murphy regards as it as an interpolation.
Textual relationships
Related: Mellach lem bith i n-ucht ailinnMellach lem bith i n-ucht ailinnLate Middle Irish poem (12 qq) ascribed in one MS to Colum Cille.
Tréide as dile lem fo-rácbusTréide as dile lem fo-rácbusShort, late Middle Irish poem on the three places dear to Colum Cille.
Associated items
Tréide as dile lem fo-rácbusTréide as dile lem fo-rácbusShort, late Middle Irish poem on the three places dear to Colum Cille.


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.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: An exile’s dream”, in: Gerard Murphy [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 66–69, 202–204.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] OʼRahilly, Thomas F., Measgra dánta: Miscellaneous Irish poems, 2nd ed., Dublin and Cork: Cork University Press, 1927.
Internet Archive: <link>

A selection of five quatrains, here reproduced for comparison with the poem beg. Mellach lem bith i n-ucht ailinn.

[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Colum Cille cecinit”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 7 (1910): 309–310.
Internet Archive: <link>
Based on RIA 23 N 10 and RIA B iv 2.
[ed.] [tr.] Reeves, William, Life of St. Columba, founder of Hy, written by Adamnan, 1st ed., Dublin: Irish Archaeological and Celtic Society, 1857.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link> Internet Archive – original print: <link> Internet Archive – 1874 reprint: <link> <link> View in Mirador
274–275 Brussels MS.

Secondary sources (select)

Herbert, Máire, “Becoming an exile: Colum Cille in Middle-Irish poetry”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy, and Leslie Ellen Jones (eds), Heroic poets and poetic heroes in Celtic tradition: a Festschrift for Patrick K. Ford, 3, 4, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 131–140.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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