Broccán’s hymn
verse beg. Ní car Brigit búadach bith

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
First words (verse)
  • Ní car Brigit búadach bith
Ascribed to: Broccán clóenBroccán clóen
(d. 650)
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This ascription to Broccán occurs in the preface (Preface to Broccán's hymn).
  • Old Irish
verse (primary)
prose (secondary)
Textual relationships
Related: Preface to Broccán’s hymnPreface to Broccán’s hymnShort prose preface to Broccán's hymn (‘Ní car Brigit’). It tells that the hymn was composed by Broccan clóen at the behest of Ultán of Ardbraccan, who had collected the miracles (ferta) of Brigit; and that Broccán composed it in Slíab Bladma (Slieve Bloom) or in Cluain Mór Móedóc, in the reign of Lugaid mac Lóegaire and Ailill mac Dúnlainge


Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


Brigit of KildareBrigit of Kildare
(c. 439/452–c. 524/526)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.
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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.] Stokes, Whitley, and John Strachan [eds.], Thesaurus palaeohibernicus: a collection of Old-Irish glosses, scholia, prose, and verse, 3 vols, vol. 2: Non-Biblical glosses and scholia; Old-Irish prose; names of persons and places; inscriptions; verse; indexes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.  
comments: Reprinted by DIAS in 1987, together with Stokes' supplementary volume.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link> Wikisource: <link>
327–349 Edition and translation. direct link
[ed.] Bernard, J. H., and Robert Atkinson [eds.], The Irish Liber hymnorum, 2 vols, vol. 1: Text and introduction, Henry Bradshaw Society, 13, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1898.  
comments: Volume 1: Text and introduction
Volume 2: Translation
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
112–128 Edition. direct link
[tr.] Bernard, J. H., and Robert Atkinson, The Irish Liber hymnorum, 2 vols, vol. 2: Translation and notes, Henry Bradshaw Society, 14, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1898.  
comments: Volume 1: Text and introduction
Volume 2: Translation
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books (missing: pp. 18-19): <link>
40–46, 189–205 Translation and notes
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley [ed.], Goidelica: Old and early Middle Irish glosses, 2nd ed., London, 1872.  
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[ed.] Stokes, Whitley, Goidilica or notes on the Gaelic manuscripts preserved at Turin, Milan, Berne, Leyden, with eight hymns from the Liber Hymnorum and the Old-Irish notes in the Book of Armagh, 1st ed., Calcutta: privately printed, 1866.  
comments: This is the first edition. The second edition is here indexed as Stokes, Whitley, Goidelica (1872).
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Earlier edition.
[ed.] [tr.] MacCarthy, B., “Ancient Irish hymn of St. Brogan-cloen in praise of St. Brigid”, The Irish Ecclesiastical Record 4 (February, 1868): 220–237.
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[text] [tr.] Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.  
comments: The title page reads in full (normalised spellng): Triadis Thaumaturgæ, seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ, et Brigidæ, trium veteris et majoris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum insulæ, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Stritior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiæ Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulæ antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens.
Digital.onb.ac.at: <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
515–520 Text with Latin translation.

Secondary sources (select)

Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
360 (§ 148) [id. 148.]
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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