verse beg. Ro-chúala crecha is tír thair

Airbertach mac Cosse Dobráin
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  • Early Irish poetry
Poem on the Midianites (Book of Numbers 31).
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  • Ro-chúala crecha is tír thair
“I have heard of plunderings in a land in the east”
Airbertach mac Cosse DobráinAirbertach mac Cosse Dobráin
(d. 1016)
Irish poet; fer légind of Ros Ailithir (Rosscarbery, Co. Cork)
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A nomadic people in the Old Testament, who are said to have descended from Midian son of Abraham and inhabited the region of Midian in northwestern Arabia. Numbers 31 tells of a war in which the Israelites attacked and defeated the Midianites, killing all the men and boys.

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[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: I. Aus Rawlinson B. 502. Die Midianiterschlacht”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 3 (1901): 23–24.
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[tr.] Translation wanted
Dennis Groenewegen
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