verse beg. Deus a quo facta fuit

  • Latin
  • verse
  • Hiberno-Latin texts
Hiberno-Latin synchronistic poem on the six ages of the world, covering both biblical and classical history. Each line consists of 15 syllables. A detail for which this poem attracted attention is the obit of Domnall rex Scottorum, presumably Domnall mac Áeda (although Domnall Brecc has been suggested as another candidate), in the year 642.
First words (verse)
  • Deus a quo facta fuit
  • Latin
645 (Ó Cróinín)
verse (primary)


Hiberno-Latin textsHiberno-Latin texts


Domnall mac Áeda meic AinmirechDomnall mac Áeda meic Ainmirech
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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.] Krusch, Bruno (ed.), Passiones vitaeque sanctorum aevi Merovingici (II), MGH Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum, 4, Hanover, 1902.
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Secondary sources (select)

Howlett, David, “Seven studies in seventh-century texts”, Peritia 10 (1996): 1–70.  
The following works are examined here: Versus de annis a principio [beg. Deus a quo facta fuit]; Ailerán’s Interpretatio mystica and Canon euangeliorum; three verse prayers from the Book of Cerne; seven works by and for Cummianus Longus (†662), including Celebra Iuda, which is here edited; three works by Virgilius Maro Grammaticus; the Oratio Gildae and a verse paraphrase of Carmen paschale, taken as examples of Hiberno-Latin hendecasyllables; and the Lorica of Laidcenn mac Baíth (†661), for which a date of AD 659 is suggested. On the basis of these texts, two inferences may be made of Irish culture of the period: the intellectual agility and acuity exhibited in this precisely constructed prose and verse was not the achievement of a few isolated clerics; and the title sapiens was not given lightly or loosely by the monastic annalists.
Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí, “Early Irish annals from Easter tables: a case restated”, Peritia 2 (1983): 74–86.
Dennis Groenewegen
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