verse beg. Maire máthair in maic bic
- Old Irish
- extent: more or less complete
- Maire máthair in maic bic
- Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 50 [s. xvii]p. 121beginning: ‘Mairi mathair an maic bic’8 qq. The fourth stanza, beg. Gein ro génair re mbethaib, is in a different metre, a type of rannaigecht, and seems to be extraneous. Carney explains its presence by assuming it was originally an early marginal quatrain but ended up being unintentionally incorporated in the poem.
- Old Irish
c.700? According to Carney, this poem and the longer one that precedes it (Imbu maccán cóic blíadnae) “seem somewhat older than those of Blathmac, and a seventh- rather than an eighth-century date may perhaps be thought of.”.
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- ‘Imbu macan coig bliadhna’ (pp. 10-26), Irish version of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (apocryphal text)
- ‘Mairi mathair, an maic bic’ (pp. 26-29), poem on the Virgin Mary.
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