verse beg. A Maire mín, maith-ingen

    • Middle Irish
    • verse
    • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics, Irish prayers and hymns
    Middle Irish litany (16 qq) attributed to Colum Cille
    Initial words (verse)
    • A Maire mín, maith-ingen
    “Gentle Mary, good maiden”
    Ascribed to
    Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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    • Middle Irish
    11th century (Murphy)
    verse (primary)


    Early Irish poetry
     Early Irish lyrics  Irish prayers and hymns

    Subject tags

    Mary [mother of Jesus]Mary ... mother of Jesus / Virgin MaryNo short description available
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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.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, in: Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 46–51, 192–193.
    CELT – edition: <link>
    [ed.] [tr.] Plummer, Charles, Irish litanies: text and translation, Henry Bradshaw Society 62, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1925.
    CELT – edition: <link>
    [ed.] Strachan, John, “Anecdoton”, Ériu 1 (1904): 122.
    Edition from RIA MS 23 N 10.
    Dennis Groenewegen
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