verse beg. Cetracha sacart a lín

  • Early Irish
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  • Early Irish poetry, lists of people
A scrap of early Irish verse (1q only) cited the beginning of the preface (remfhocul) to Amra Choluim Chille. While in LU it occurs in the upper margin of the first page of the preface, with no explicit relationship being made to the text, it is more fully integrated into the main body of narrative in other manuscripts. The stanza gives a list of churchmen, together with their numbers, which in the context of the prose preface, would seem to refer to those who travelled with Colum Cille at the time of the convention of Druim Cetta.
Initial words (verse)
  • Cetracha sacart a lín
“Forty priests their number”
Context(s) The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.

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Subject tags

Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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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.] 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 LU version
[ed.] Strachan, John, “The notes and glosses in the Lebor na hUidre”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 1 (1900): 1–36.
Internet Archive: <link>
[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>
38–39 Bodleian version
[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>
[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>
[ed.] [tr.] O'Kelleher, A., and G. Schoepperle (eds. and trs.), Betha Colaim Chille: Life of Columcille. Compiled by Manus O'Donnell in 1532 [Edited and translated from manuscript Rawlinson B. 514 in the Bodleian Library, Oxford], University of Illinois Bulletin 15.48, Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois, 1918.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
118 § 118 Version included in Beatha Colaim Chille
Dennis Groenewegen
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