Fo réir Coluim cén ad-fías

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Fo réir Coluim cén ad-fías

    verse beg. Fo réir Coluim cén ad-fías

    Bécán mac Luigdech
    • Old Irish
    • verse
    • Early Irish poetry
    This poem was brought to scholarly attention by James Carney, who describes it as an “important item unknown, so far as I am aware, from other sources, Fo reir Choloim cen ad-fias (pp. 107-14). This is an archaic glossed poem attributed to Dallán Forgaill. It consists of twenty-five stanzas of alliterative syllabic rhyming verse, but a single line of one quatrain is missing. The poem was known to the compilers of medieval glossaries, but so far as I have noted they have only used it for a single example: nib[u] fri coilcthe tinchu (cf. Ériu xiii. 80).”
    n. 1 James P. Carney, ‘Two Old Irish poems’, Ériu 18 (1958): 1.
    Initial words (verse)
    • Fo réir Coluim cén ad-fías
    Author
    Bécán mac LuigdechBécán mac Luigdech
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    Ascribed to
    Dallán ForgaillDallán Forgaill (fl. 597) – early Irish poet, known as the author of Amra Choluim Chille
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    Bécán mac LuigdechBécán mac Luigdech
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    The heading (Laoidh imrind innso dorinne Dallan do Coloim Cille)) ascribes the poem to Dallán Forgaill (fl. 6th. c.), although this is “unlikely on linguistic grounds” (Kelly: 2). According to Fergus Kelly, a more probable attribution is that to Bécán mac Luigdech in the gloss to the words Seghdhai brathair (l. 24a).
    Manuscripts
    Language
    Old Irish
    Date
    7th century (Kelly)
    Form
    verse (primary)
    Addressee
    Colum Cille
    Number of stanzas
    25 » A line is missing from one of the quatrains (Carney).
    Textual relationships
    See also the poem beg. Doféd andes andáil fíadhat. “Like our poem it has 25 verses, and has so much in common—linguistically, stylistically and metrically—that their ascription to the same author [Bécán] could well be correct” (Kelly).

    Classification

    Early Irish poetry
    • Sources

    Notes

    James P. Carney, ‘Two Old Irish poems’, Ériu 18 (1958): 1.

    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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

    [ed.] [tr.] Kelly, Fergus, “A poem in praise of Columb Cille”, Ériu 24 (1973): 1–34.
    [ed.] [tr.] Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor, “1: Hymn to St. Colum Cille”, in: Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967. 19–22.
    An incomplete edition, with translation. Stanzas 4-11 and 16-21 have been omitted.

    Secondary sources

    Ní Shéaghdha, Nessa, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland, fasc. 2: Mss G 15 – G 69, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1961.
    – Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: – first 9 fasciculi: <link>
    NLI G 50
    Carney, James, “Two Old Irish poems”, Ériu 18 (1958): 1–43.
    Cites the incomplete stanza, but not its gloss.

    Queried results

    if available
    Kelly, Fergus, “A poem in praise of Columb Cille”, Ériu 24 (1973): 1–34.
    Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor, “1: Hymn to St. Colum Cille”, in: Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967. 19–22.
    Ní Shéaghdha, Nessa, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland, fasc. 2: Mss G 15 – G 69, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1961.
    – Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: – first 9 fasciculi: <link>
    Carney, James, “Two Old Irish poems”, Ériu 18 (1958): 1–43.

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