Texts

Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
verse beg. A Oisín, as fada do shúan

  • Early Modern Irish
  • verse
  • Classical Irish poetry, Duanaire Finn, Finn Cycle, Dialogue

Early Modern Irish fíanaigecht poem, which occurs in the collection Duanaire Finn as well as the later Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig

Title
Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
The poem is sometimes known as Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig (‘The dialogue between Oisín and Patrick’), or by similar titles. This title will be used here, however, to refer to a series of poems, of which the present poem is the first one.
Initial words (verse)
  • A Oisín, as fada do shúan
“Oisín, your slumber is long”
Scope
part of compilation • multiple versions
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
  • Agallamh Oisín agus Phádraig
  • Expanded version, which is the first in the sequence of lays and the poem to provide the model for this collection. It numbers 167 stanzas in one manuscript version.
Author
Anonymous.
Language
  • Early Modern Irish
  • late Early Modern Irish (Murphy)
Date
unlikely to be earlier than the 16th century (Murphy)
Form
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas
39 or 167

Classification

Classical Irish poetry Duanaire Finn Finn Cycle

Subjects

Oisín mac FinnOisín mac Finn / Oisín (ass. time-frame: Id:Finn mac Cumaill, Id:Cormac mac Airt, Id:Saint Patrick, Subject:Finn Cycle) – A fían-warrior, son of Finn, in the Finn Cycle of medieval Irish literature
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Sources

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.

Murphy, Gerard [ed.], Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 2: Irish text, with translation into English, Irish Texts Society 28, London: Irish Texts Society, 1933.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
204–215 Poem LVII. Edition and translation direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Murphy, Gerard, Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 3: Introduction, notes, appendices and glossary, Irish Texts Society 43, London: Irish Texts Society, 1953.
Internet Archive: <link>
124–134
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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