Texts

The bathing of Oisín’s head
verse beg. A bhen dén folcadh mo chinn

  • Late Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • verse
  • Classical Irish poetry, Duanaire Finn, Finn Cycle
Initial words (verse)
  • A bhen dén folcadh mo chinn
“Woman bathe this head of mine”
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Author
Anonymous
Manuscripts
Language
  • Late Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
  • late Middle Irish (Murphy) or Early Modern Irish. Murphy: “The language of the poem is that of the early 12th century”.

Form
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas
41

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.

[ed.] [tr.] MacNeill, Eoin [ed.], Duanaire Finn: The book of the lays of Fionn, 3 vols, vol. 1: Irish text, with translation into English, Irish Texts Society 7, London: Irish Texts Society, 1908.
Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge – editions: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
14–17; 111–114 Poem V. Edition and translation

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>
14–16
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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