Texts

Hymn of Fíacc
verse beg. Génair Pátraicc i nNemthur

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Old Irish hymn attributed to Patrick’s pupil Fíacc of Sléibte (Sletty, Co. Laois).
Initial words (verse)
  • Génair Pátraicc i nNemthur
Author
Ascribed to: Fíacc of SlettyFíacc of Sletty (supp. fl. 5th century) – reputed disciple of Saint Patrick, abbot and patron saint of Sléibte (Sletty, Co. Laois).
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Manuscripts
Language
  • Old Irish
Date
The poem is usually dated to (c.) the eighth century (Grosjean 1950, Binchy 1962), with Grosjean arguing for some ninth-century interpolations. Ó Riain (1997) allows for the possibility that it may have been composed as late as the 9th century.
Form
verse (primary)

Classification

Early Irish poetry

Subjects

Saint PatrickSaint Patrick / St Patrick (fl. 5th century) – No short description available
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Sources

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.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, and John Strachan (eds.), Thesaurus palaeohibernicus: a collection of Old-Irish glosses, scholia, prose, and verse, 3 vols, vol. 2: Non-Biblical glosses and scholia; Old-Irish prose; names of persons and places; inscriptions; verse; indexes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.  
comments: Reprinted by DIAS in 1987, together with Stokes' supplementary volume.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link> Wikisource: <link>
307–321 direct link
[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.  
comments: Volume 1: Text and introduction
Volume 2: Translation
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
97–103 direct 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.  
comments: Volume 1: Text and introduction
Volume 2: Translation
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books (missing: pp. 18-19): <link>
32–35 direct link
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], The tripartite Life of Patrick: with other documents relating to that saint, 2 vols, Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores 89, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887.
Internet Archive – part 1 (ends on p. 227): <link>, <link> Internet Archive – part 2: <link> CELT – Liber angeli from the Book of Armagh: <link>
402–427

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Riain, Pádraig, “When and why Cothraige was first equated with Patricius?”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 49–50 (1997): 698–711.
Binchy, D. A., “Patrick and his biographers: ancient and modern”, Studia Hibernica 2 (1962): 7–173.
Carney, James, The problem of St. Patrick, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1961.
Grosjean, Paul, “S. Patrice d’Irlande et quelques homonymes dans les anciens martyrologes”, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 1:2 (1950): 151–171.
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.  
comments: Volume 1: Text and introduction
Volume 2: Translation
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books (missing: pp. 18-19): <link>
175–187 Notes to the text direct link
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