verse beg. Fothairt for clannaib Concorb
- Late Old Irish
- Early Irish poetry
Poem on St Brigit's people, the Fothairt, and their expulsion from Tara. It is 19 stanzas long in both manuscripts.
- Fothairt for clannaib Concorb
- Laídshenchas Laigen
- The Rawlinson B 502 copy forms part of the verse collection known as Laídshenchas Laigen
- independentThe text comes down in a relatively independent form as opposed to being embedded within a larger textual framework.
- The Book of Leinster copy
- Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502 2, ff. 19–89 = Lebar Glinne Dá Locha (?) [1125 x 1150]f. 48rb ff p. 83b (facsimile)beginning: ‘Fothairt for clannaib Concorb’ context: Laídshenchas LaigenPart of the Laídshenchas Laigen. 19 st.
- Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1339 (H 2. 18) = Book of Leinster [s. xii2]p. 35.11ffbeginning: ‘Fothart for trebaib Con Corbb’Independent copy. 19 st.
- Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 2 = Book of Lecan [s. xvin]f. 95(104)vcbeginning: ‘Fothart for trebaib Choncorbb’ context: On the settlement of the Fotharta and the Laigsi16 qq.
- Late Old Irish
- Late Old Irish (Meyer).
| Cid frisndechaid assa thír Echaid co mbríg brecctais géill
mac Fedelmthe Rechtaid rúaid di chúain Túathail Thechtmair thréin
|Why did powerful Echaid depart out of his country, |
the son of Fedelmid Rechtaid of the race of mighty Tuathal Techtmar?
| Hécin frisndechaid immach Echaid ria cath, clú rochleth,
leis dobreth fri selba sreth cleth cháirthind hi Temra tech
|It was by force Echaid went abroad, (fleeing) before a battle; |
by him a lance of the rowan tree had been brought into the house of Tara.
| Dobreth cenn fir forsin cleith ar scáth in scéith, ba bil braith
demin leis ba hed in sin mescfad in fleid immon flaith
|The head of a man had been put upon the lance behind the shield;|
he knew well that that was what would mar the feast for the prince.
| Iar sin asbert fris in druí mac Tachair nad chanad gói;
‘dobreth cleth cháirthind co crú tre thnú issin tech hi tói.
|Thereupon the druid said to him, Tachar’s son who never spoke false:|
‘A rowan lance with gore has been brought mischievously into the house by stealth.
| Frisin drúid adféded chert asbert arddrí Érenn Art:
‘cia don tslúaig rochoirp in tech? Cia hairm itá in chleth? Cluinem lat.’
|To the druid who was revealing truth Art, the high-king of Ireland, said:|
‘Which of the host has polluted the house? where is the lance? Let us hear it from thee.
| Lassais leis in chleth co crú anacht in tech, nír on dó,
in druí diarbui demin clí adsúi tenid co fí fó. F.
|The gory lance flared up, the house was saved, - no disgrace to him;|
The druid to whom protection was assured (?) kindles a fire with benign venom.’
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