Pangur Bán
verse beg. Messe ocus Pangur Bán

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Initial words (verse)
  • Messe ocus Pangur Bán
anonymous monk of Reichenau monastery
  • Old Irish
verse (primary)
  • deibide
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Early Irish poetry


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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.] [tr.] Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor, “17: The scholar and the cat”, in: Greene, David, and Frank O'Connor [Michael O'Donovan], A golden treasury of Irish poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200, London: Macmillan, 1967. 81–83.
‘Meisse ocus Pangur Bán’
[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: The scholar and his cat”, in: Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 2–3, 172.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] 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>
293–294 Edition and translation direct link
[ed.] Windisch, Ernst [ed.], Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch, 4 vols, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1880.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
316 Edition

Secondary sources (select)

Tristram, Hildegard L. C., “Die irischen Gedichte im Reichenauer Schulheft”, in: Anreiter, Peter, and Erzsébet Jerem (eds.), Studia Celtica et Indogermanica: Festschrift für Wolfgang Meid zum 70. Geburtstag, Archaeolingua 10, Budapest: Archaeolingua, 1999. 503–529.
Dennis Groenewegen