verse beg. Eochair chéille coistecht

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Medieval Irish wisdom literature
Poem ascribed to Cormac mac Cuilennáin, which consists primarily of a list of gnomic formulas beginning with the word eochair (‘key’ in a metaphorical sense).
Initial words (verse)
  • Eochair chéille coistecht
Ascribed to: Cormac mac CuilennáinCormac mac Cuilennáin (d. 908) – bishop and king of Munster
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Early Irish poetry Medieval Irish wisdom literature


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[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Corbmac Cuilennain cecinit”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 6 (1908): 270–271.
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[ed.] [tr.] O'Nolan, T. P., “Anecdota from Murphy MSS., Maynooth”, The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th series, 24 (1908): 393–397, 494–501.
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395–397, 499–501 Edition and translation of an imperfect copy in the Maynooth MS, with Meyer's edition reprinted on pp. 500-501.
Translation wanted.
Dennis Groenewegen
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