Texts

    Amra Choluim Chille‘Poem for Colum Cille’
    verse beg. Dia Dia dorrogus ré tias inna gnuis

    • Old Irish
    • verse
    • Early Irish poetry
    Elegy on Saint Columba (Colum Cille)
    Title
    Amra Choluim Chille
    ‘Poem for Colum Cille’
    alternatively written as Amrae Choluimb Chille, etc.
    Initial words (verse)
    • Dia Dia dorrogus ré tias inna gnuis
    “God God, I should beseech Him before I go into His presence”
    edition: ‘Dia Dia do<r>rogus ré tias in<n>a gnuis’
    Ascribed to
    Dallán ForgaillDallán Forgaill (fl. 597) – early Irish poet, known as the author of Amra Choluim Chille
    See more
    The 11th-century prose preface ascribes the poem to Dallán Forgaill.
    Manuscripts

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    Language
    • Old Irish
    • Old Irish (the poem proper).
    Date
    Sometime after Columba's death (d. 597), probably in the early 7th century. “The poem itself ... can hardly be later than the early seventh century” (Charles-Edwards).n. 1 T. M. Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (2000): 285.
    Form
    verse (primary)
    Textual relationships
    Cf. Commentary on the Amra Choluim Chille, comprising the prose preface and interlinear gloss.

    Classification

    Early Irish poetry

    Sources

    Notes

    T. M. Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (2000): 285.

    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.

    [crit. ed.] [tr.] Bisagni, Jacopo, Amrae Coluimb Chille: a critical edition, Early Irish Text Series 1, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2019.
    [ed.] [tr.] Henry, P. L. [ed. and tr.], Brian Ferran [ill.], and Aonghas MacNeacail [coll.], Amra Choluim Chille: Dallán’s elegy for Columba, Belfast: Colmcille; Ultach Trust, 2006.
    [ed.] [tr.] Clancy, Thomas Owen, and Gilbert Márkus, Iona: the earliest poetry of a Celtic monastery, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995.
    96–128 Text and translation of the Old Irish poem, based on Stokes’ edition. It omits the later commentary.
    [ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Bodleian Amra Choluimb Chille”, Revue Celtique 20 (1899): 31–55, 132–183, 248–289, 400–437. Corrigenda in Revue Celtique 21 (1900): 133–136.
    Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
    Edition and translation of the text from Rawlinson B 502, including commentary. The Amra proper starts at p. 148.
    [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.
    Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
    162–183 Text and commentary from TCD 1441 (E 4. 2). The poem proper, with interlinear commentary, begins on p. 167.
    [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.
    Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books (missing: pp. 18-19): <link>
    53–80 Translation
    [ed.] Best, Richard Irvine, and Osborn Bergin (eds.), Lebor na hUidre: Book of the Dun Cow, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1929.
    CELT – edition (pp. 1-338): <link> Internet Archive: <link>
    11–41 Diplomatic edition of the text in LU.
    [ed.] Crowe, John O'Beirne [ed. and tr.], The Amra Choluim Chilli of Dallan Forgaill, vol. 1, Dublin: MacGlashan and Gill, 1871.
    Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
    Early edition from the text in LU and partly from the Leabhar Breac.

    Secondary sources (select)

    Herbert, Máire, Iona, Kells, and Derry: the history and hagiography of the monastic familia of Columba, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.
    9–12
    Herbert, Máire, “The preface to the Amra Coluim Cille”, in: Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, Liam Breatnach, and Kim R. McCone (eds.), Sages, saints and storytellers: Celtic studies in honour of Professor James Carney, Maynooth Monographs 2, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1989. 67–75.
    Charles-Edwards, T. M., Early Christian Ireland, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
    285–290
    Henry, P. L., Saoithiúlacht na Sean-Ghaeilge: bunú an traidisiúin, Dublin: Stationery Office, 1978.
    191–212
    Hull, Vernam, “Amra Choluim Chille”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 28 (1960–1961): 242–251.
    Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 372–485.
    426–427 (§ 212) [id. 212.]
    Strachan, John, “The date of the Amra Choluimb Chille”, Revue Celtique 17 (1896): 41–44.
    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.
    Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books (missing: pp. 18-19): <link>
    223–235
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