verse beg. A fhir fhéil, madh áil let gan beith a péin

  • Early Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry

Early Irish religious poem (3 qq) ascribed to Colum Cille on the virtue of generosity.

Meyer’s editorial title heading is Segen der Freigebigkeit.
First words (verse)
  • A fhir fhéil, madh áil let gan beith a péin
“O generous man, if you desire not to be in torture”
Ascribed to: Colum CilleColum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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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.] Meyer, Kuno, “Colum Cille cecinit”, Ériu 4 (1908–1910): 17.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link>
Text based on the earlier edition, with English translation.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Neue Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Segen der Freigebigkeit”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1907): 222.
Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> CELT – edition: <link>
Edition based on Laud 615
Dennis Groenewegen
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July 2014, last updated: September 2022